Doll Quits Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund trainer Thomas Doll has resigned his post at the Westfalen club this afternoon.

The BVB trainer was called to the club’s headquarters today for a meeting to discuss the season, and the 42 year old offered his resignation, which the board duly accepted.  

Doll had come under increasing pressure after the club could only finish a disappointing 13th in the Bundesliga and lost the German Cup final to Bayern Munich.  The final league position was the club’s worst in 20 years.  

Despite qualifying for Europe via their run to the Cup final, the fans were growing increasingly frustrated with seeing their side languishing in the bottom half of the season.  

"Thomas Doll secured our safety in the Bundesliga comfortably last year and, through reaching the DFB-Pokal final, he has enabled the club to play in the UEFA Cup next season and it is this which remains from his work" read a press release from the club.

Doll succeeded Jürgen Rober in March 2007, signing a contract until the end of June 2008, with the club just one point above the relegation zone in the Bundesliga. He led the Yellow and Blacks to sixteen points in nine games to secure a mid-table finish but they have struggled all season and the Cup run just served to disguise a poor campaign.

Dortmund finished the season with the worse defensive record in the entire league with 62 goals conceded.  Furthermore the normally sold-out Signal Iduna Park had started to witness a drop in attendances as a result.

Former Mainz trainer Jürgen Klopp is the favourite to take over after leaving the second division outfit on Sunday.

Klopp said a tearful goodbye to Mainz when they failed to gain promotion to the Bundesliga and he is regarded of one of the most talented up-and-coming coaches in Germany.

Mathew Burt