Thomas Tuchel has left his position as coach of Borussia Dortmund, after leading Dortmund to victory in the DFB-Pokal final three days ago, has parted company with the club after two seasons in charge.
Dortmund and Tuchel had decided “go their separate ways with immediate effect” was made at a meeting on Tuesday between club chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke, club sporting director Michael Zorc, as well as Tuchel and his agent.
The Dortmund statement read: “We’d like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his coaching team for their successful work at BVB, which culminated in the DFB-Pokal win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin on Saturday. We would like to wish Thomas all the best in his career.”
Dortmund said they would not comment on the reasons behind the split from Tuchel, who still had a year left on his contract. They said it was the “result of a long process”.
Tuchel led Dortmund to a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt to win the German DFB-Pokal last Saturday. However, the victory, which earned his only trophy with the club, clearly did not protect Tuchel’s time at the club amidst continued reports of a strained relationship with the board.
Tuchel also confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that he had left the club.
“I am grateful for two beautiful, eventful and exciting years,” he wrote. “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.”
The relationship between Tuchel and the club’s hierarchy, in particular Watzke, were openly strained since the bomb attack on the Dortmund coach before their Champions League game with Monaco last month.
The match in Dortmund was postponed and played the following day, with Tuchel making his anger clear over the decision to play the game so soon. While the coach was mostly furious at UEFA over the incident, the governing body said Dortmund had agreed to the rearrangement of the game, implying that Dortmund’s hierarchy did not run consult the team before assenting to UEFA’s decisions.