Because he has not yet been able to lead Borussia Dortmund to the championship title, Lucien Favre should make way for a new coach – at least that is what a BVB shareholder demands. Club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke supports the Swiss.
German media and football experts have written off Lucien Favre in Dortmund for a long time (and repeatedly), but BVB has not yet lost confidence in the Vaudois. So Hans-Joachim Watzke continues to protect the trainer.
A shareholder had demanded Favre’s dismissal on Thursday at the annual general meeting, which was held online, because he had not yet become German champions with BVB. “Judging a coach by title alone is not enough,” says the BVB managing director. With FC Bayern, BVB currently has the best team in the world in the Bundesliga, “but we have come closer to them,” said Watzke.
Everyone would expect Borussia Dortmund to break Bayern’s long title dominance. “To do this, we have to do something extraordinary in order to get closer,” says Watzke. But there are limits to the runner-up champion in terms of FC Bayern’s sales lead. “It has to make economic sense.”
Watzke makes his point of view clear with a comparison. Christian Streich is a coach he highly appreciates, even if he wouldn’t win any titles with SC Freiburg. Favre has been employed in Dortmund since summer 2018 and still has a contract until the end of the season. Even if he has not yet been able to lead BVB to the desired success, Favre has a better point average (2.04) than many of his predecessors – including successful coach Jürgen Klopp (1.90).
Big losses due to the corona crisis
Due to the effects of the corona pandemic, Watzke also has to announce poor annual figures to shareholders. So far, a loss of almost 70 million euros is assumed for the current financial year. The record could be even worse if only ghost games are still possible.
The current forecast was budgeted with an occupancy rate of 20 percent of the total of 81,000 seats in the stadium. “I don’t see that at the moment,” says Watzke, who demands patience and promises shareholders that the association will at least not face any existential threat.