Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has made no secret of the fact that he has developed a special relationship with the club since he took charge last year. It didn’t take the Swiss coach long to realise the pairing between BVB and himself was a productive one immersed in a cohesive union with a pleasing, effective style on the pitch. Not many fans or indeed critics could have predicted that the relationship would flourish so well when he joined Dortmund from Nice in 2018 after making his name at Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
It was perhaps a case of more luck than judgement, argue some, but what wasn’t in doubt at the time was that the club needed someone to replace Peter Stoger, who mutually departed BVB after a rather disappointing fourth-placed finish. What remains is that Favre — who is now aged 61 — and BVB are definitely good together and that has been showcased by the coach penning a new deal keeping him at Signal Iduna Park until June 2021. It’s a year extension of the contract he was already honoured so, effectively.
And here is why; he steered the club to a second-place finish in the league in his opening campaign and in so doing became the first manager to stay unbeaten in his first 15 games in at the helm. That’s pretty good going, right? To set the record straight on the future of Favre, BVB took to their social media platforms to tell fans:
“Our head coach Lucien Favre extends his contract prematurely by one year. #Favre2021”
It goes without saying that Favre, of course, has spoken of his delight at the new chapter ahead of him. He told the club’s official website:
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to shape the sporting future of this tradition-steeped club. I am looking forward to continuing the constructive and successful cooperation with the entire BVB team.”
Equally happy with the extension was the club’s hierarchy, who many would say are more than entitled to a little crowing over the recruitment of such an astute supremo.
And, unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for the club to tell of their delight at the contract extension. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc spoke of the clarity within Favre’s management system when he said:
“Lucien has created clear structures and developed our players.”
Then club’s chief operating officer, Hans-Joachim Watzke, told of the vision they shared when he said simply:
“He has met the expectations to 100 percent. It is logical that we have the future we want to shape together.”
So, in summation it can be justifiably said that for BVB and their fans, the future is bright — the future is Favre!