After the majestic performance in the DFB Pokal final against RB Leipzig, Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watzke announced that only a few days prior to the match, Edin Terzić signed a new contract with the club. With the appointment of Mönchengladbach’s Marco Rose for next season, Terzić was not expected to stay, and many top-tier teams had their eyes on the 38-year-old manager. Luckily for Dortmund fans and players alike, it appears the German manager is perfectly happy to return to his role as the assistant once the season comes to an end. Despite that, several Bundesliga clubs will be keeping a close eye on the 38-year-old, after his triumphant cup win.
The German footballing landscape has witnessed a major managerial merry-go-round in recent months. With so many clubs still seeking new managers, the chaos is certainly far from over, and Edin Terzic could easily be pulled into the mess. Bayer Leverkusen recently announced that Hannes Wolf will return to his duties as U18 manager for Germany, and Eintracht Frankfurt also have a vacancy once Adi Hütter takes change of Mönchengladbach. Wolfsburg could be another prime candidate for Terzić, if, and only if, Oliver Glasner and the club decide to part ways. Glasner’s name was heavily linked with the vacant RB Leipzig job until Jesse Marsch signed on, and the Austrian’s also been linked with the likes of Salzburg, Frankfurt, and even Tottenham Hotspur.
It happens often in football that an assistant manager, who is a permanent member of the staff, assumes first-team responsibilities after the sacking of a coach. And it is also often that those managers achieve immediate success because of their familiarity with the players and the culture within the club, resulting in offers for managerial opportunities. Perhaps the most famous example in recent memory – Roberto Di Matteo’s UEFA Champions League success with Chelsea back in 2012. After winning the competition and recovering much lost ground in the Premier League, di Matteo earned himself the full-time-job and subsequent positions at Schalke and Aston Villa. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the most recent success story, having now reached the UEFA Europa League final with Manchester United – a club in which he originally took over as caretaker manager. Had Borussia Dortmund not been so quick to trigger their finger, Edin Terzić could have followed in their footsteps.
The managerial market is always changing and evolving, and we have all the ingredients for a chaotic and entertaining market in the Bundesliga, once the final chapters of the season are written. Although it appears Edin Terzić will be staying at Dortmund for now, the ongoing managerial merry go-round means that anything can happen. And we cannot wait.