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UPDATED: Nuri Sahin to Make a Shock Return to Borussia Dortmund

Could a familiar face be returning to Dortmund?

Fenerbahce v Antalyaspor - Turkish Super League Photo by Ahmad Mora/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Look - here at Fear The Wall, we do not have any secret ins into Borussia Dortmund news or any on-site reporters who relay pinpoint accurate news as it happens. We attempt to vent all news that comes in and only report on things once they have been backed by sources we have deemed trustworthy.

This is not one of those times. In fact, all of us here at Fear The Wall believe this is probably a load of nonsense for the time being. We are posting about this rumor to provide a platform for you all to discuss your thoughts on this potential move and for you to take it as some infallible truth that helps you reach some sort of conclusion about Dortmund or the direction the club is headed.

So what is this rumor? Sports Digitale reporter, Ertan Suzgun, reports that former midfielder, Nuri Sahin, is set to return to Borussia Dortmund as an assistant coach under Edin Terzic. Not only that but he would also be slated to become the team’s head coach after the 2023-24 Bundesliga Season. While the idea that Sahin returns to Dortmund in some coaching capacity is not far-fetched, his candidacy as Edin Terzic’s replacement is.

As a player, Sahin had two stints as a defensive midfielder with a failed move to Real Madrid and a subsequent loan to Liverpool between them. As a coach, Sahin has been the head coach of Turkish side Antalyaspor since October of 2021. During his first year as coach, Sahin recovered the team from a horrific start to the season and was able to lead his team to a seventh-place finish after going unbeaten in the last fourteen league games that season. The subsequent season, he led the team to a modest 13th place and the club currently finds itself in eighth place.

As a coach, Sahin has preached an attacking philosophy and an offensive-minded 4-2-3-1 with a defensive midfielder dropping in line with the team’s centerbacks while in possession. This, paired with offensive-minded fullbacks and a striker who often plays with his back toward goal, has some similarities to how Terzic has Borussia Dortmund set up. His tactics provide some similarities with Borussia Dortmund but it is impossible to say how Sahin will tactically impact this team as a head coach or an assistant.

Apart from his tactics, Nuri Sahin could offer Borussia Dortmund’s hierarchy a way to appease both fans and players alike. While few of Sahin’s peers from his time at Dortmund play at the club, his name does carry some gravitas and could be a tool to have players buy into. From a fan perspective, it’s hard to say what impact Sahin’s hiring will have on the collective fanbase. Some will see it as a brash move to bring in an experienced coach while others will see it as having another Dortmund-centric man alongside Terzic who could be a power-broker between Terzic and Sahin.

I am not going to put much weight on a potential Sahin and Dortmund reunion but if he can help Terzic’s tactics, then I see no shame in bringing him in. Bringing him in, however, is far from easy as Sahin is still under contract with Antalyaspor. The one thing that could pull him to the club is that he lacks the UEFA-mandated Pro Licenses. Despite having a degree from Havard, Sahin lacks the necessary coursework to be a head coach at top-tier UEFA level. A position as Dortmund's assistant could allow him to chase his coaching license while working as Dortmund’s assistant coach. This could be enough to entice him to join Terzic’s staff for the time being.

Update: He’s on his way.., and he’s bringing a friend!

Antalyaspor’s interim president has since confirmed in a statement that Sahin has left the club in order to sign for us. According to Turkish reporter Ertan Süzgün, he has already signed for die Schwarzgelben, but Ruhr Nachrichten’s report states that the contract is yet to actually be signed. Anyhow, seems like just a matter of time before we see Nuri in the familiar black and yellow yet again! Sahin’s close friend Sven Bender also looks to be returning to the club in a coaching role, BILD reports. They’re expected to be available for our usual Marbella training camp, which kicks off very soon with games against AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands (6/1/24) and Belgian side Standard Liege (9/1/24).

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