Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel with the 43-year-old’s compensation package set to cost around £2.5million.
Tuchel, who succeeded Jurgen Klopp at Signal Iduna Park, only led his team to German Cup glory last Saturday, their first major silverware in five years with a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt but his tenure has been cut abruptly short after reports of a strained relationship with the club’s board.
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.
Tuchel added: “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. All the best wishes @BVB. TT”.
After taking on the top job in July 2015, Tuchel went on to become one of the best coaches in Dortmund’s history, averaging more than two points per Bundesliga game. He won 69 of his 107 matches in charge, finishing second behind Bayern Munich in his first term and third this season.