Thomas Tuchel parts ways with Dortmund despite cup victory
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 7:58
Dortmund said they would not comment on the reasons behind the split from Tuchel, who still had a year left on his contract.
"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".
In an open letter that followed on the club website, Watzke said that the club's achievements in a hard season have been "remarkable", but that the position of coach depended on other factors, such as "trust, respect, team work, communication, authenticity and identification", an apparent hint as why the relationship broke down with Tuchel.
Saturday's 2-1 cup final win was Tuchel's first - and only - trophy.
Tuchel's and Dortmund's difficulties began long before, however, starting in January 2016 when he had a spat with chief scout Sven Mislintat, a friend of Zorc's, over the signing of Spanish midfielder Oliver Torres from Atletico Madrid. He led the club to second place in the Bundesliga last term and third this, although they have not been able to provide a real challenge to a dominant Bayern Munich. Tuchel said the squad break-up was "risky".
"Thanks to the fans, the team, the staff and everyone who has supported us".
Watzke denied the incident influenced Tuchel's decision to leave.
He said that he is "thankful for two wonderful, eventual and exciting years", at the club, and that it was "a shame" that it had to come to an end so soon.
The club added: "BVB attaches great importance to the fact that the cause of the separation had absolutely nothing to do with a disagreement between the two parties. The well-being of the club Borussia Dortmund, which is much more than just sporting success, will always be more important than individuals and any differences that may exist between them".
Favre, a former Switzerland global midfielder, has coached before in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach, where he won manager of the season in 2014-15.