Former Cologne manager Peter Stöger has been unveiled as Borussia Dortmund’s new trainer today. The 51-year-old replaces Peter Bosz who left after only managing to win one game since the end of September.
Stöger who left Cologne just last week will be the manager until the end of the season. His first game will be on Tuesday against Mainz.
The Austrian won the Austrian championship with Austria Wien in 2012/2013 with a record number of points. bettering Red Bull Salzburg who had invested a lot of money. He led Cologne back to the Bundesliga and also returned the Billy Goats to European competition, following a 25 year absence with a 5th placed finish in the 2016/17 season. His team struggled this season after losing star player Anthony Modeste in the summer and with injuries to key players pilling up to create an extremely frustrating winless Bundesliga season. Despite this, he remains a desirable manager for the positive steps he’s taken with Cologne prior to this season.
With his ability to organize the defense Stöger may just be the right man to solve BVB’s lingering defensive issues. His calm demeanour will also make him lovable among the BVB faithful, who will welcome some stability and a calming influence on the sidelines.
In the press conference of his introduction Stöger called his new role a ‘once in a life time opportunity.’ Club CEO Watzke underlined the need to collect points until the end of the Hinrunde and setting season targets after that.
After a 2-1 loss at the hands of Werder Bremen, BVB currently sit 7th in the table and could drop to 8th if Augsburg manage to beat Hertha Berlin in Sunday’s game. The Black and Yellows have dropped down to the Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage, but hope to make an impact in the competition with the new man at the helm.