Thomas Tuchel is faced with the possibility of leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, after recent reports suggest that the club’s board is not pleased with the head coach.
The 43-year-old German coach is dubbed one of the most talented young coaches but could well be shown the exit door at Signal Iduna Park after recent comments from Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.
With Borussia Dortmund struggling for a direct Champions League qualification place in the Bundesliga, Thomas Tuchel’s men will need to win the last two games of the season to remain in third place.
Although Borussia Dortmund are set to qualify for the Champions League, Tuchel’s work isn’t valued based solemnly on victories and league placement as the Borussia’s chief executive said: “Things are not only about the sporting aspect, but also about strategy, communication and trust. The final table is like a testimony, and the score is certainly better if you are third, instead of fourth.”
The main aspect of disagreements between board and Tuchel is the handling of the attack on the team bus before Champions League quarterfinal match against Monaco.
Tuchel and his players publicly criticised UEFA for re-scheduling the match for the next day, and it hasn’t gone well with either UEFA or the club board.
Watzke said: “I made it clear that every player who didn’t feel in a position to play had until the afternoon to say so. The coach obviously also had the right to point that out, but I was never confronted with such a scenario.
“I would take with a pinch of salt the words of players who were in the middle of such a pressure situation and who were physically and mentally completely exhausted after the game.”
Lack of communication and the decision from the manager and the players to speak up only after the game have brought problems for the clubs decision makers, and the future of Tuchel as a Borussia Dortmund’s head coach is now being questioned.
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