Breaking up with Marco Rose doesn’t give BVB a good light

Updated 05/21/2022 at 10:57 AM

With the separation from Marco Rose, Borussia Dortmund once again showed structural problems. The BVB is now facing a change in training position – again.


When the rumor leaked Thursday night about a meeting of a group of elephants composed of Hans-Joachim Watzky, Michael Zorc, Sebastian Keel, Matthias Zammer, Marco Rose and his BVB advisor, it caused a frown.

The bomb went off on Friday afternoon: Borussia Dortmund broke up with Marco Rose, Alexander Zickler and Renee Maric, and is again looking for a coach.

Rose and BVB: Not a fair chance

According to reports, it was a decision on both sides, as it sometimes appears in the football club’s press releases. Rose demanded full confidence from the BVB management – apparently the Dortmund bosses could not or did not want to comply with this request one hundred percent. From the point of view of Rose and the club’s management, these are understandable decisions.

Not surprisingly, Rheinlanddam was not satisfied with the season. In particular, the poor performance in the Cup and the Champions League has fallen short of expectations. In this regard, it is understood that the club’s management wanted to leave other options open in the event of a failed start to the next season.

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On the other hand, Rose had the right to ask himself if he wanted to put himself in a situation where he would start the new season with the sword of Damocles over his head.

One has to concede to Rose, however, that the circumstances of his tenure were not easy. In particular, incredible misfortune with injuries torpedoed an impressive progression as a team. He also took over the same lopsided and unfortunately overpaid and unmotivated team that Lucien Favre had failed before.

Precisely for this reason, previous signings (Karim Adeyemi, Niklas Soleil and Nico Schlutterbeek) seemed to suggest that Rose now had the player substance he needed to implement his game idea. What he clearly didn’t get: time. So you can rightly ask yourself if Rose has a fair chance at Dortmund.

Edin Terzic: An emergency solution or a long-term plan at last?

In any case, Watzke, Zorc, and Kehl’s behavior does not reflect well on their strategic planning. Basically, since the end of Klopp’s reign there has been more or less talk of a change in Dortmund. The result: six coaches in seven years. That record is more fitting for the unpopular blue and white neighbors of the club forging claims to themselves somewhere between the tournament and the KO round of the Champions League. Sometimes the players don’t fit into the preferred system (Rose), and sometimes the system doesn’t even fit the club (Favre).

What’s Next? Signs point to Eden Terzic. Here, too, one can ask oneself whether this solution is the most obvious at first glance. It would be a logical solution above all else. The furious second half of 2021 under Terzic has sparked something like euphoria in the BVB community for years, despite empty stadiums. But what is often overlooked is that there was a lot going on in terms of gameplay at the time. How could it be otherwise when the team simply has structural building sites that fall under the purview of club management.

Ignition of a certain atmosphere in and around the club will not be enough to survive the difficult daily life of the league. As much as one would wish for Borussia Terzic, doubts about his expertise in this task are justified. However, this rating can continue and decline with the commitment of an appropriate assistant coach. At Dortmund, it should be known that in a successful coaching duo, the tactical and sometimes playful impulses can come from the second row.

Ten consecutive championships mean an impressive record in German football. Bayern Munich causes boredom at the top of the German League. In 2011 and 2012, he was harassed and instigated by his longtime rival from Dortmund. (Trailer Image: GES Sports Alliance/Photography) © Dazen

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