September 30th, 2017. That’s just a couple weeks shy of three months ago, and it’s also the last time Borussia Dortmund won a game in the Bundesliga. The horrible run of form since then has been painful for everyone associated with the club, and now upper management has finally stepped in and made a change.
Dortmund announced today that they have parted company with Peter Bosz.
Hans-Joachim Watzke: "Wir haben gestern Abend in einem Gespräch mit Peter Bosz entschieden, dass wir ihn mit sofortiger Wirkung freigestellen. Es war sehr emotional, aber auch stilvoll.“— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 10, 2017
Peter Stöger has been appointed to replace Bosz on an interim basis. It seems that the rest of the season is his.
Bosz took over in the summer after Thomas Tuchel’s departure, and his reign initially got off to a great start. Dortmund burst out of the gates to the top of the Bundesliga, going undefeated in their first seven games. But then the wheels came off. BVB bombed out of the Champions League and haven’t won in eight league matches.
Fans were infuriated, and there were rumors that the Dutchman had lost players in the dressing room. It was clearly time for a change.
Bosz brought his high-pressing, possession-based system over from Ajax with high expectations. Dortmund have mostly looked fine going forward under Bosz, but never once looked solid enough defensively. Too many goals have been conceded this season because of errors that should never happen to a team that aspires to play at the level that Dortmund do.
It’s unclear if the club will look to find a replacement right away, or if they will go with an interim boss until the end of the season. There has been talk about Julian Nagelsmann coming in the summer, but there is still much to be determined this season.
Whoever is in charge has an uphill battle in trying to get BVB back into the Top 4 and into the Champions League.
There was a time when Bosz’s Dortmund looked like they might contend with Bayern Munich for the title, but that clearly isn’t happening now.
Hopefully this change will result in some improved results and a surge back up the table.