Borussia Dortmund have sacked manager Lucien Favre following Saturday’s 5-1 loss at home to promoted VfB Stuttgart, the German Bundesliga club said on Sunday.
“We are all grateful to Lucien Favre for his excellent work over the past two-and-a-half years, in which he and his team won two runner-up championships. As a professional and as a person, Lucien Favre is beyond any doubt,” Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke said in a statement.
Nicknamed “the brain” for his tactical nous, Favre previously worked at Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchenglabdach in the Bundesliga. He enjoyed an excellent first half of the 2018/19 season, with Dortmund leading the title race before imploding after the winter break to see the league title again go to Munich.
Dortmund also failed to challenge Bayern last season. Favre’s three-year contract was due to expire at the end of the season. The side had also failed to win any of their last three league games, dropping to fifth in the league. They have, however, advanced to the Champions League round of 16.
Assistant coach Edin Terzic, a youth coach who has also worked as an assistant at West Ham and Besiktas in Turkey, took charge of the Sunday afternoon training session and will remain at the helm until the end of the season, the club said.
“It is very difficult to take this step,” said Borussia sports director Michael Zorc. “But we believe because of the negative developments lately that there is a need to act.”