— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) April 15, 2015
Just like that Borussia Dortmund’s season from hell just got worse as manager Jurgen Klopp has announced he’ll be leaving the club this summer. After watching stars Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski leave the club to join rivals Bayern Munich during the past two summers, they will now watch their beloved manager walk out the door as well.
The job that Klopp has done at Dortmund has been nothing short of remarkable. During the mid-2000’s Dortmund battled through some of the darker days in the club’s history and had serious financial debt. Things would change in 2009 when Jurgen Klopp took over as manager.
Within just two seasons Klopp had BVB at the top of the Bundesliga, winning back to back titles in 2011 and 12, the latter of which saw them set a Bundesliga record for most points in a season (a record that would be eclipsed by Bayern Munich just one year later). The club also won the Bundesliga DFB-Pokal double in 2012, and under Klopp they made a run to the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, where they would fall to German champions Bayern Munich.
Due to his success at Dortmund Klopp has become one of the hottest coaching commodities in Europe. It had long been reported that Klopp’s next job would be in the Premier League, with Arsenal long being the rumored destination.
Prior to this season many believed that Arsene Wenger would be out at Arsenal following this year with Klopp stepping in to replace him, though with Arsenal being second behind Chelsea it doesn’t look like Wenger is going anywhere. So where will Klopp land? If only there was another top team in England that was severely underachieving and may be needing a new manager after this season…
Sources: Man City aren’t looking at Jurgen Klopp to become their next manager &, at this stage, have no plans to replace Manuel Pelligrini.
— Amy Lewis (@SkySportsAmy) April 15, 2015
Phew! That was a close one. Though I read too much into anything that City management have said because City will still lose more games this year to test management’s patience and management said this before Klopp became available.
So what does this mean for Borussia Dortmund? Unfortunately it looks like Klopp is just going to be the first domino to fall. Rumors have been swirling all season long about stars Mats Hummels and Ikay Gundogan leaving the club. Even if Klopp was staying it was likely that Hummels would be leaving as he has been rumored to be Manchester United manger Louis van Gaal’s number one transfer targer for quite some time now. Gundogan has also been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal all lining up to get his signature. He had previously hinted that he was ready to sign an extension at the Westfalenstadion but negotiations never happened. With Klopp leaving, it looks very likely that these two will follow him out the door.
That brings us to the star of the club Marco Reus. Reus’ name could not stay out of the transfer rumors earlier this year as he had one year left on his current contract but had a buyout clause of just £20 million that was set to kick in this summer. Reus ended up signing a contract extension to keep him at Dortmund until 2019, but it’s more then likely that all that did was eliminate the buy-out clause from his contract. Reus may have sighted reasons for signing such as “listening to his heart,” but there are many that believe the move was simply a favor to the club so they can make more money when they sell him (similar to contract extension Cristiano Ronaldo signed at Manchester United after the 2008 season, he was sold a year later). Real Madrid and Chelsea have long been linked with Reus and with Klopp leaving you can expect both clubs to come after the German international heavily this summer.
Jurgen Klopp rescued BVB from some of their darkest days at the end of the last decade, restoring the club to being one of the best in Germany. With Klopp leaving the club will have to be very careful about how they go forward otherwise they could easily end up heading right back into the abyss.