Borussia Dortmund have sacked head coach Peter Bosz and appointed Peter Stoger in his place after their winless run stretched to 12 games in all competitions with their latest defeat against Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Bosz took over the Bundesliga club in the summer but, despite a strong start which saw them took the lead in the German top-flight, they slumped to a two-month winless run since September which saw the Dutchman fall under increased pressure.
His team’s latest result was a 2-1 defeat against Werder on Saturday which left Dortmund seventh in the Bundesliga, while they exited the Champions League after finishing third in Group H behind Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid, failing to win a match in the group stages.
Dortmund’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said: “Last night, in a conversation with Peter Bosz, we decided that we would release him with immediate effect. It was very emotional, but also respectful.”
“On behalf of all at Borussia, I would like to thank Peter Bosz. We still consider him a great coach and person.”
In his place, the club announced that the former Cologne manager Peter Stoger would take charge of the team until the end of the season. “I’m really happy to be coach of this team and to be in this stadium,” Stoger said upon his appointment.
The Austrian was sacked by Cologne this month, but only after a four-year tenure in which he guided them to promotion from the second tier and then to fifth place in the league last season to earn European football.
This season saw a dismal start to this campaign in which Cologne took only two points from the first 13 matches, which in turn cost Stoger his job but Dortmund hope he can have a similar impact on their fortunes as he did when he first arrived in Cologne.
Stoger oversaw his first training session with Dortmund on Sunday, ahead of his first match on Tuesday night, away against Mainz.