BVB: Sebastian Kehl is vague about Marco Rose’s future – what is Edin Terzic really doing?

The job as a football official is sometimes complicated. Dortmund’s appointed sports director Sebastian Kehl also had to realize this over the weekend, when slightly vague statements about the future of his coach Marco Rose promptly flew around his ears in the media.

Before 3: 1 on Saturday at SpVgg Greuther Fürth, the 42-year-old had aroused irritation when he, when asked if Rose would still be a coach next season, answered twice on “Sky”: “I assume that it is the case today “, replied.

A statement that left a lot of room for interpretation. It is therefore no wonder that the journalists present at the Ronhof in Fürth confronted Rose with the statements of his superior.

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Nor is it surprising that the 45-year-old toned them down. “What can I say about that? You’re trying to conjure something out of something,” the coach replied, referring to the absolutely credible relationship between him and the management.

He is confident he will be the “coach of Borussia Dortmund next year” and is “very much looking forward to it because I have an excellent relationship with my team and I would like to have some things going on.”

But is the future of the Dortmund coach really secure?

Kehl backtracks: “Unfortunately worded”

The fact is that Kehl already rowed back on Sunday. “Without great intentions” he said “completely unhappy”, the former BVB captain put it on record but also noted that “we are now sitting down after the season”. “We have a few things to discuss, definitely also analyze a few critical things. Then I hope we can tackle this together in the new season.”

Sebastian Kehl from Borussia Dortmund

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Kehl knows what will be done by his statements, but can clearly say that he is planning the upcoming season with Rose.

A clear statement with no room for interpretation sounds different.

Rose’s debut season: mixed at best

That the future of Roses may become a problem at all is due to the at best sufficient debut season for the coach, who switched from Gladbach to Dortmund. Enough, Rose only had to admit defeat in the league, league champions FC Bayern, who on Sunday received the championship trophy for the tenth time in a row – so no shame. However, the disappointing performance in three cup tournaments weighs much heavier.

In the DFB Cup, the last door was wide open after FC Bayern lost to Borussia Mönchengladbach (0: 5) in the second round. But instead of taking advantage of Munich’s faux pas, black and yellow gave up just one round later in the quarter-finals against second-division club FC St. Pauli.

FC St. Pauli beat Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the DFB Cup

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The group stage of the Champions League was equally bitter. With Besiktas, Ajax Amsterdam and Sporting, BVB had actually been assigned feasible tasks, but after three wins and three defeats, they relegated to the Europa League.

But instead of starting there as one of the big favorites, they lost shockingly weakly against current finalists Glasgow Rangers. By that time, the season had suffered permanent damage.

Rose and BVB: It’s about sporting success

“I think in football it happens relatively quickly, if you lose two games, then you are actually gone again,” Rose said on Saturday, assuring that after all he saw the bustle of his person “relatively relaxed”.

He knows there are people who say he may not be the right coach. “But there are also a lot of people who say the road and circumstances were difficult this season,” the Leipzig native defended, referring to the major injury problems that have repeatedly disrupted Dortmund over the course of the season.

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In fact, Rose’s debut season at the traditional Westphalian club was not easy. But despite all the adversity, his future at BVB obviously depends solely on sporting success.

What is Edin Terzic really doing?

His predecessor Edin Terzic, who led Borussia up to the top class with a sensational final sprint as a temporary solution after the dismissal of Lucien Favre and then won the DFB Cup in the final against RB Leipzig.

Terzic, who has also been a ardent supporter of the blacks and yellows since childhood, still enjoys a good reputation in the fan scene and management level due to these short but also intensive months as a coach.

In order not to lose the 39-year-old after Rose’s commitment, which was already certain before Terzic’s resounding success, BVB quickly created a new position. Terzic is involved in Dortmund’s squad planning and takes the link between the licensed player department and the youth academy.

Edin Terzic (left) and Marco Rose

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Since then, his name has hovered over Rose as the much-cited sword of Damocles. “In my opinion, the fact that Terzic stayed at the club undermined the coach’s authority from day one,” Dietmar Hamann criticized in his “Sky” column in late November immediately after leaving the Premier League.

And further: “The fact that Terzic stayed seemed to me as if they had said, ‘Well, we’ll keep him if anything happens’.”

A lot happened in Rose’s premiere year – many good things, but also a lot of negative things. The fact that the coach now has to publicly interpret statements from his superior about his future on television on the penultimate day of the season is at least unfortunate and may be a sign of more serious problems.

The talks that Kehl announced this summer will show which way the club and the coach will now go.

Everything seems to be possible.

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