Dortmund confirm return of Edin Terzic as manager

Dortmund confirm return of Edin Terzic as manager

Borussia Dortmund have announced that former technical director and interim manager Edin Terzic will become the club’s head coach for the 2022/23 season.

The German will sign on the dotted line of a three year deal tomorrow, the club has confirmed.

BVB Sporting Director Sebastian Kehl told the club’s official website: “We held intensive discussions with Edin last weekend and are convinced that this decision is the right one for BVB. Edin knows our club, the environment, a large part of the team and we will press ahead with this together with great joy and passion.”

39-year-old Terzic will succeed Marco Rose in the hot seat at Signal Iduna Park, after the German left by mutual consent last week.

Rose’s tenure in charge of the Black and Yellows was largely unsuccessful.

Despite overseeing a 64% win percentage in the Bundesliga, in which his side scored 85 goals, a round of 16 exit in the DFB-Pokal, a shock Europa League preliminary round exit to Rangers and a runners-up finish in the Supercup was deemed below standard by the club’s board.

Terzic has already had a spell as manager of his beloved club, when he was interim manager for the second half of the 2020/21 season, which saw him guide the club to a Pokal win.

Edin Terzic
Terzic was in charge for the club’s first Pokal win since 2017 (Photo: Borussia Dortmund)

“By now, many people are likely to be aware of the special importance BVB holds in my life. I’d like to express my thanks to Aki Watzke, Michael Zorc and Sebastian Kehl for the great trust they placed in me and for giving me this great responsibility. We will do everything in our power to make the team and the entire club successful,” he told the club’s website.

It seems as though this summer is to be one of significant change and the start of a new era at Borussia Dortmund, who have already seen considerable changes in personnel in their squad ahead of next season.

Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck, Karim Adeyemi and Salih Özcan are all inbound in North Rhine-Westphalia this summer, while Erling Haaland’s Manchester City move is imminent.

Terzic and BVB – the story so far

Born in Menden on the outskirts of Dortmund, Terzic has grown up his whole life as a Borussia Dortmund fan.

14 years old when the club famously won the UEFA Champions League in 1997, he is now living the dream as manager of his boyhood club.

He was only a player at amateur and semi-professional level, yet with a sports science degree, he would go on to a much higher level in the world of coaching.

In 2010 he began working as a scout and assistant coach in the BVB academy, before going on to spend four years as assistant manager to Slaven Bilic at Besiktas and West Ham United.

2018 then saw his return to Dortmund as Lucien Favre’s assistant coach for two years until the Frenchman was relieved of his duties in December 2020.

Favre was another manager who couldn’t get the better of a dominant Bayern Munich side, as he led the club to consecutive second place finishes, and couldn’t get them past the round of 16 in both the Pokal and the Champions League.

Instead of rushing to find a replacement, the club handed the reins over to his assistant Terzic for the second half of the 2020/21 season.

In his first match in charge, he guided the Black and Yellows to a win away at Werder Bremen, the first of 14 league wins he’d earn that season.

In Europe, Terzic led BVB past Sevilla to the Champions League quarter-finals, where they were unfortunate to crash out to eventual runners-up Manchester City.

But in the Pokal, the former striker oversaw victories over Eintracht Braunschweig, SC Paderborn, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Holstein Kiel, as a Dortmund side, which included the likes of Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham reached the final.

There, two goals each for Sancho and Haaland saw the club ease to an impressive 4-1 victory over RB Leipzig in Berlin for their fifth Pokal trophy, and a first since 2017.

Terzic helped the club end the season strongly, winning each of their last nine domestic games and left with a winning percentage of 62%, leaving strong foundations in place for new boss Rose.

The 39-year-old took on a new role as technical director for the 2021/22 season.

The right appointment?

Edin Terzic is a very popular figure among the Borussia Dortmund hierarchy and fans alike.

He has been connected with this club throughout his whole life; he knows what it means and he knows what makes the club tick.

Dortmund have been in a period of uncertainty for several years now, arguably since Jurgen Klopp’s departure. They have been in need of a fresh identity.

Edin Terzic could bring that. He did very well in his spell as interim manager and some fans thought it was unfair not to give him a chance on a permanent basis.

Here we are a year later and he’s now being trusted with that chance. The team has already changed since his last spell and he will almost certainly not have the luxury of Erling Haaland at his disposal this time.

But based on the signings the Black and Yellows have made so far for the upcoming campaign, it seems as though this new identity will entail the true BVB philosophy of trusting younger players, such as Nico Schlotterbeck and Karim Adeyemi.

Defensive stability should be well improved for next season, as the experienced winner Niklas Süle also comes in. Adeyemi should suit Terzic’s preferred, well-oiled 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 systems as a wide player, and the next question surrounds the difficult task of replacing Haaland.

If the club can bring in a new number nine who is guaranteed to score goals, the Yellow Wall can be positive about how their team will look and perform under Terzic, as a new era arises.

Borussia Dortmund managers since Jurgen Klopp:

  • Thomas Tuchel (2015-2017)
  • Peter Bosz (2017)
  • Peter Stöger (2017-2018)
  • Lucien Favre (2018-2020)
  • Edin Terzic (2020-2021)
  • Marco Rose (2021-2022)
  • Edin Terzic (2022-present)