Good morning, Fear the Wall!
Lucien Favre is gone, and Borussia Dortmund have a new head coach. Edin Terzic, assistant coach under Lucien Favre since 2018, has taken over as caretaker coach for the time being. Barring a miraculous turnaround that sees BVB winning the treble, or a similarly impressive achievement, Terzic will most likely manage Dortmund for the rest of the season before being replaced by a more tenured coach in the summer.
So who is Edin Terzic?
Born in 1982 in Menden, West Germany, Terzic had a pretty unremarkable playing career in the Regionalliga before becoming a scout and assistant coach for Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy from 2010-2013. After 2013, he became a protege of Slaven Bilic, first at Besiktas, and then at West Ham United. He returned to Borussia Dortmund in 2018, where he worked as an assistant coach under Lucien Favre until Saturday, when he took over for the departed Lucien Favre.
In an introductory press conference (courtesy of Ruhr Nachrichten), Terzic introduced himself to the public and answered a few questions about what he hopes to achieve this season. He particularly stressed the importance of a quick recovery from BVB’s humiliating defeat at the hands of VFB Stuttgart, saying:
Sunday was a very special day. But I blocked out almost everything because the focus is on Bremen.
What Terzic’s BVB will look like will become more apparent in time. For now, Terzic seems to be focused on reinvigorating the players and getting back to a winning mentality. Tuesday’s match against Werder Bremen will be a big test for Terzic, and hopefully the squad can get him off to a strong start.
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With Favre gone, what are your re-adjusted expectations for this season?