Friday 19 January 2018

Thomas Tuchel 'sacked by Borussia Dortmund' three days after leading club to first trophy in five years

Thomas Tuchel won the German Cup over the weekend but is now out of a job
Thomas Tuchel won the German Cup over the weekend but is now out of a job Newsdesk Newsdesk

Thomas Tuchel has been dismissed by Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in Germany, just three days after ending a five-year trophy drought.

Despite winning the German Cup, their first since they last won the DFB Pokal and Bundesliga title in 2012, Tuchel has departed following a power struggle with the club's hierarchy.

Tuchel, who has been linked with the Arsenal job in recent months with doubts over Arsene Wenger's future, joined Dortmund as Jurgen Klopp's successor ahead of the 2015/16 season. The 43-year-old brought a fresh brand of exciting and attacking football which freed them of the pressures they were put upon in Klopp's final season in charge.

Dortmund finished runners-up in Tuchel's first campaign with a mighty 78 points, the best total managed by a second-placed team in Bundesliga's history. They finished without a trophy after losing the German Cup to rivals Bayern Munich via a penalty shoot-out.

Bild this morning have been reporting that Tuchel has lost his job while the man in question confirmed the news via his Twitter account. He said: "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. Wishes the @BVB all the best. TT."

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