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DORTMUND SACK THOMAS TUCHEL AFTER A CONTROVERSIAL SEASON

Borussia Dortmund have sacked their cup-winning coach Thomas Tuchel.

The 43-year-old, who succeeded Jurgen Klopp at Signal Iduna Park, only led his team to German Cup glory last weekend.

But his tenure has been cut abruptly short after reports of a strained relationship with the club’s board.

Thomas Tuchel has been sacked as manager of Borussia Dortmund

A Twitter account under Tuchel’s name, which was only set up on Tuesday but is understood to belong to the German coach, confirmed the news.

Two posts read:  ‘I am grateful for two beautiful, eventful and exciting years. Too bad that it does not go on.

‘Thanks to the fans, to the team, to the staff and to all who supported us. All the best wishes @BVB. TT’.

A Dortmund statement read: ‘The eight-time German champion Borussia Dortmund and coach Thomas Tuchel are now separated from each other. This is the result of a conversation between Hans-Joachim Watzke (CEO), Michael Zorc (sports director), Thomas Tuchel and his advisor Olaf Meinking, which took place on Tuesday.

‘We would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his coaching staff for the sporting success at the BVB, which reached their deserved climax last Saturday at the DFB Pokalsieg in Berlin against Eintracht Frankfurt. For his professional future we wish Thomas Tuchel only the very best.

‘Borussia Dortmund as an employer will not express itself in the background of the separation, which is the result of a longer process and is supported by all the club committees.

‘BVB attaches great importance to the fact that the cause of the separation is by no means a disagreement between two persons.

‘The well-being of the club Borussia Dortmund, which is much more than the sporting success, will always be more important than individuals and possible differences between them.’

Tuchel won the German Cup on Saturday thanks to a victory over Eintracht Frankfurt

Bild claim Tuchel’s compensation package could cost Dortmund around £2.5million.

After taking on the top job in July 2015, Tuchel went on to become one of the best coaches in Dortmund’s history, averaging more than two points per Bundesliga game.

He won 69 of his 107 matches in charge, finishing second behind Bayern Munich in his first term and third this season.

On Saturday, he guided his team to their first major silverware in five years with a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

However, behind the scenes a rift was reportedly growing between Tuchel and the club’s board.

He was unhappy at losing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels last summer and his relationship with Hans-Joachim Watzke went downhill from there.

Tuchel, it is claimed, also clashed with head scout Sven Mislintat and by the turn of the year his future had become uncertain.

And there were reports, too, of discord between the manager and a handful of his players – illustrated by the absence of a  fully-fit Nuri Sahin from the cup final squad last weekend.

Dortmund will now begin the search for Tuchel’s successor, with Lucien Favre of Nice already being linked with the job.  

 

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