In a development that would definitely have a major impact on the team’s ongoing campaign, Dortmund Borussia has announced that manager Jurgen Klopp will be leaving the team at the end of the season.
Dortmund made the surprise announcement in a news conference just a few hours ago. According to the report by German newspaper Bild, it was Klopp who initiated the move, asking the team’s management to cancel his contract at the end of this season. The 47-year old manager’s contract was originally to end in 2018.
While there has been no reason given for Klopp’s sudden departure, Dortmund’s performance in the current Bundesliga season is speculated to be one of the contributing factors. The borussians are currently languishing at 10th place in the Bundesliga table and are six points short of getting a Europa League qualifying slot.
Klopp has previously led the team to a back to back Bundesliga title grab in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He also helped get the team to the finals of the 2013 Champions League, where they lost to Bayern Munich.
In an interview, Klopp said that he is open to the possibility of moving to the Premier League. On the other hand, Dortmund is reportedly considering former Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel to fill in the position to be vacated by Klopp.
In other news, Borussia sporting director Michael Zorc expressed his disappointment with the performance of their players, saying that it is “unacceptable” for them to give away important goals in their last three Bundesliga outings.
“We have not handed out sleeping pills,” Zorc remarked in dismay during an interview.
Dortmund suffered major defensive blunders that saw their opponents score easily past them. In the latest, Borussia Monchengladbach managed to outgun them for the first point in just the opening minute of their match last Saturday, where Monchengladbach emerged victorious 3-1.