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Thomas Tuchel Will Replace Jurgen Klopp as Borussia Dortmund Manager

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2015

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Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Thomas Tuchel will become the club’s new manager at the end of this season, replacing the departing Jurgen Klopp.

The news was revealed in a piece on BVB’s official website. Here is the English version of the statement, which confirms Tuchel has penned a three-year deal with the club:

Eight-time German champions Borussia Dortmund have appointed Thomas Tuchel as their new head coach from 1 July 2015, with the 41-year-old putting pen to paper on a three-year contract.

The club will officially unveil the new coach in the week that follows the end of the season and it is hoped the public will understand that none of the parties involved will address the matter until then.

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Like Klopp, Tuchel fashioned an excellent reputation for himself at Mainz 05, where his team played an enamouring brand of daring football.

After leaving the club in the summer of 2014, the German has been out of the game but will now be tasked with filling the enormous void that’ll be left by Klopp’s departure at the end of the campaign.

Klopp is leaving Dortmund at the end of the season.
Klopp is leaving Dortmund at the end of the season.Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Peter Hall of Sky Sports thinks that Tuchel is an exciting appointment for the club:

Peter Hall @PeteHall86

Thomas Tuchel is such an exciting appointment. Never a dull moment at Dortmund.

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The former Mainz man is Klopp's most natural successor. Tuchel's teams are renowned for playing the kind of effervescent football that has been so common at the Westfalenstadion down the years, and his extroverted personality should see the Dortmund fans take to their new manager as they did to their current one.

For anyone coming into Dortmund to replace a figure of such immense popularity, the task is going to be difficult. But given the requisite time, Tuchel has showcased enough in his managerial career to suggest he’s the right man to take BVB forward.  

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