Dortmund give Stöger ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance after firing Bosz | Andy Brassell

It is left to Peter Stöger, sent packing from Köln last week, to restore confidence at Borussia Dortmund where there has been next to none

A week is a long time in the Bundesliga. On Monday, Peter Stöger and his assistant Manni Schmid cleared their desks and said goodbye to Köln’s players. By midday on Sunday, the Austrian was being presented by Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke as the club’s new coach, in a press conference that also confirmed the firing of Peter Bosz.

That the Dutchman is on his way is no surprise. Dortmund’s only win since late September in any competition was at third-tier Magdeburg in the DfB Pokal in October and performances have been every bit as bad as that run suggests. With confidence in his methods plainly sapped, as underlined by the concession of a four-goal lead in the derby with Schalke, perhaps only the lack of an obvious replacement had kept Bosz in situ since.

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