Borussia Dortmund’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel last week just days after guiding the club to a DFB-Pokal cup win in Berlin over Eintracht Frankfurt was seen as a decision which had been coming for a good couple of months, given the breakdown of the relationship between Tuchel himself and CEO Watzke ever since the Dortmund team bus was subject to a bomb attack before their Champions League game in April.
When the announcement was made public that Tuchel had been let go, many journalists and fans expected Nice boss Lucien Favre to fill the vacant manager’s position at the Westfalenstadion – with some media outlets even reporting that personal terms had been agreed with Favre and all that was required was a compensation package to be agreed with his employers.
However, it appears as if an agreement could not be reached and the BVB bosses have opted for Dutchman Peter Bosz to fill the hot seat. The 53-year-old, who led Ajax to the Europa League final in his sole season in charge of the Amsterdam club, has signed a two-year deal to succeed Thomas Tuchel.
Dortmund said on Twitter: “Peter Bosz will be BVB’s new head coach. Contract to 2019.”
Bosz, who will face the media on Tuesday afternoon, was under contract at the Amsterdam ArenA until 2019, so Dortmund have had to agree a compensation package to secure his services.
Ajax confirmed on their official website that an agreement had been reached with Dortmund, with general manager Edwin van der Sar describing it as a “good deal”.
Whilst it is fairly obvious that his main objective will be to challenge Bayern Munich’s dominance over the Bundesliga during his time at the club, Bosz’s reputation as someone who puts trust in young, exciting players would have been a huge influence in Dortmund’s decision to hire him. Players such as Dembele, Weigl, Isak and Passlack will be optimistic that the Dutchman’s appointment will further progress their elevation towards the very top of the European game.
A name which was not even considered last week has now been given one of the biggest jobs in Europe. For the Bundesliga’s sake, Bosz needs to succeed in Dortmund.