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Why Peter Stöger is the right man to replace Peter Bosz as BVB coach

Anas Ali
586   //    11 Dec 2017, 02:30 IST

Peter Stöger after being appointed as the new head coach of Dortmund.
Peter Stöger after being appointed as the new head coach of Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund confirmed in a press conference that they have sacked Peter Bosz and appointed Peter Stöger as the new head coach. He will be in charge of the club until the end of the season.

After being sacked by FC Cologne just a few days ago, Stöger will now take on the task of getting Dortmund's season back on track, following the chaos it has descended into after an impressive start to the season.

But is he the right man for the job?

During the press-conference, club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke did acknowledge the accomplishments made by Stöger in his managerial career.

"Stöger led a continuous development at Cologne. Getting them to 5th place is like winning two championships with a bigger club. No disrespect to Cologne." - he said.

Indeed! The 51-year-old Austrian head coach was a club icon at Cologne

When he first arrived at the club, it was in desperate need of managerial stability and for someone to take hold of the team following a chain of managerial sackings (they had six managers from 2009 to 2013).

During his reign at the club, Cologne grew from strength to strength as he did a wonderful job of keeping the club in the Bundesliga.


Despite having a rather poor squad in terms of quality, his defence-oriented system led to many successes for the club.

Generally known for his ability to set up a sturdy defence and good organization, Stöger might just be the coaching figure Borussia Dortmund needs at this moment.

The Black and Yellows have suffered due to the lack of defensive solidity this season. Bosz's suicidal high line of pressing led to many problems with the team leaking goals and becoming whipping boys.

However, with Stöger, things could be different as the Austrian prioritizes defensive solidity above anything else.

Stöger (middle) during the press conference with BVB bosses Joachim Watzke (left) & Zorc (right)
Stöger (middle) during the press conference with BVB bosses Joachim Watzke (left) & Zorc (right)

The former Austria Vienna manager likes to set up a very rigid defensive line and not conceding too many goals is the best thing a club can do in times of crisis.

The likes of Neven Subotic (whom he has worked with last season while he was loaned out to Cologne), Omer Toprak and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are dogged defenders who are perfectly suited for the tactics of the newly appointed head coach.

In addition, Stöger will also have an array of attacking talents to choose from so goal scoring should not be an issue during his tenure as coach.

Furthermore, he has always embraced the idea of giving young players the opportunity to perform on the big stage which fits in perfectly with the philosophy of the club.

Stöger's healthy relationship with sporting director Jorg Schmadtke was a key part of the successes recorded by Colso it is expected that he can repeat the same with BVB's all-powerful sporting director Michael Zorc.

Bosz's tenure was certainly a disaster, all eyes will now be on the new Peter to see if he can do better than the old Peter.