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Borussia Dortmund and Slaven Stanic Part Ways as Rumors of Factionalism Grow

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Borussia Dortmund’s Sporting Director, Sebastian Kehl, announced this morning that his assistant and Sports Coordinator, Slaven Stanic, was leaving the club. Stanic was brought in this past May to serve as an assistant to Sebastian Kehl to support the club during a vital offseason. Stanic, however, lasted just over six months in this role before he and the club parted ways amidst “intensive discussions”.

In the club’s official press release, Stanic stated the following

While Stanic’s departure was described as “amicable” by Kehl, media outlets report otherwise. In October, it was reported that Stanic berated Edin Terzic following the side’s 0-0 home draw against AC Milan. Tension only increased in recent weeks and the questions about Stanic’s future with the club were barred from being asked at the most recent press conference. Stanic was accused of creating a negative atmosphere surrounding Edin Terzic and had plans to restructure several areas if the club. It seems correct to assume that the idea of Stanic’s departure was beginning to gain traction among Hans-Joachim Watzke and other members of Dortmund’s board. Monday’s meeting, which saw Stanic leave the club, seemed to be the last attempt to repair an already broken relationship. One could even draw similarities to Marco Rose’s departure after a similar meeting at the end of the 21/22 season.

Most Dortmund fans will not know of Slaven Stanic; he never played above the second division and was brought in to fill the club’s newly created sporting coordinator role after working as an agent. At Dortmund, his primary task was to act as a liaison for Sebastian Kehl and assist him in player acquisition. It should be quite apparent at this point that it would be easy to associate Stanic as one of “Kehl’s Men” amidst increasingly worrying rumors of friction between Sebastian Kehl and Edin Terzic. Is Stanic’s departure a sign of Kehl’s wavering support amongst the club’s hierarchy or was it a poor appointment that failed to manifest into usefulness? It is impossible to tell now but rumors of discontent will only continue to grow.