Thomas Tuchel Sacked By Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund have sacked head coach Thomas Tuchel amid a bitter dressing room divide and a third-placed Bundesliga finish.

The 43-year-old took over after Jurgen Klopp departed in 2015.

Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win the German Cup on Saturday and finished third in the Bundesliga to qualify for the Champions League.

Club captain Marcel Schmelzer and influential forward Marco Reus both distanced themselves from the 43-year-old, who will receive 2.9 million in compensation according toBild.

Relations between Tuchel and chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke have been strained since Dortmund’s team bus was damaged by an explosion on 11 April.

After meeting with Dortmund chiefs on Tuesday,Tuchel himself confirmed the news via his Twitter account, saying: ‘I am grateful for two beautiful, eventful and exciting years. 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.’

A Dortmund statement read: ‘The eight-time German champion Borussia Dortmund and coach Thomas Tuchel are now separated from each other. This is the result of a conversation between Hans-Joachim Watzke (CEO), Michael Zorc (sports director), Thomas Tuchel and his advisor Olaf Meinking, which took place on Tuesday.

‘We would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his coaching staff for the sporting success at the BVB, which reached their deserved climax last Saturday at the DFB Pokalsieg in Berlin against Eintracht Frankfurt. For his professional future we wish Thomas Tuchel only the very best.

‘Borussia Dortmund as an employer will not express itself in the background of the separation, which is the result of a longer process and is supported by all the club committees.

‘BVB attaches great importance to the fact that the cause of the separation is by no means a disagreement between two persons. 

‘The well-being of the club Borussia Dortmund, which is much more than the sporting success, will always be more important than individuals and possible differences between them.’

Nice’s Lucien Favre, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and Cologne’s Peter Stoger are all linked with the now-vacant role, while Tuchel has been tipped with taking on the Bayer Leverkusen job.