German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and coach Jürgen Klopp will part ways at the 2014-15 season the club surprisingly announced on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund obliged to Klopp’s request to leave the club after seven years in charge of the first team.
“Together we’ve made the decision to bring the incredibly successful journey we’ve taken together over the course of the last seven years to an end when the season draws to a close,” Hans-Joachim Watzke, CEO, Borussia Dortmund said during a press conference.
“We realised during the course of our talks that we all have Borussia Dortmund’s interests at heart and that we’ve built up an extraordinary relationship with one another – one which involves a great level of trust and friendship.”
“You have the eternal gratitude of all Borussia fans. The only consolation I can take from this is that our friendship will continue,” Watze stated to Klopp.
“At times in the last few years we’ve suffered from the fact that certain player decisions were taken too late. That must not be repeated,” the outgoing coach told. “I believe that this decision is definitely the right one if you remove sentimentality from the picture. It’s not that I’m tired. And there isn’t and never has been friction between myself and the team. But the team deserves to be coached by the 100% right manager.”
Michael Zorc, Director of Sports, Borussia Dortmund, said: “Over the course of the last seven years we’ve written a modern footballing fairytale together. The team will give you the send-off that you deserve and one that does justice to your seven years here.”