BORUSSIA DORTMUND | DIE SCHWARZGELBEN ANGRIFF
JUNE 15TH 2012 - KLOPP DEPARTS FROM CHAMPIONS
'Borussia Dortmund are searching for a new head coach
after the departure of Jürgen Klopp from the Westfalenstadion'
Dortmund will begin the defence of their Bundesliga championship without the man who lead them to the club’s first domestic double. The news has come as a shock to many in the German city after such a successful season for the club, which saw them break numerous records; including the record for most point collected in a single season with 81 and longest undefeated run in the Bundesliga with 28 matches, breaking Bayern Munich's previous record of 25 matches.
In a statement released by the club's General Manager Hans-Joachim Watzke, the club was quick to dismiss the rumours that Klopp had been having disagreements with the club following the departure of playmaker Shinji Kagawa, the man who secured the club's back to back championship success last turn with his goal against Borussia Monchengladbach, as well as how they would spend the funds. Watzke stated, "That club and Jürgen have come to the mutual understanding that, for the betterment of the club and the fans, it is time to call an end to our working relationship. Jürgen has wished the club nothing but the best and the club also extend the same wishes toward a man who has lead our illustrious club to much success over the past few years."
Dortmund are now on the hunt for a new head coach but Watzke refused to be drawn on any early speculation as to who will take over from Klopp but wanted to find the most suitable candidate for the job. "Dortmund and it's fans, over the past few years, come to expect a certain level of success from it's team and we need to find a coach that will reflect that high expectation. We will, however, not be drawn into any media speculation on who will replace Jürgen going forward." Die Schwarzgelben are looking to continue their domestic dominance while looking to make a successful run in the UEFA Champions League, where they failed to advance beyond the Group Stages last term. Needless to say, the new coach, who will have to earn the approval of the passionate home support, is going to have a tough task ahead of him.
HAVE YOUR SAY!
With Jürgen Klopp's departure from Dortmund, will the champions be able to defend their crown as the Kings of German Football and has the sale of playmaker Shinji Kagawa lead to the deterioration of the relationship between Die Schwarzgelben's board and their influential manager?