Ex-Hammer lands major Bundesliga role

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 25th May 2022

He spent two-and-a-half years as part of Slaven Bilic's backroom team between 2015 and 2017 before being given his marching orders.

Bilic and his entire coaching team were fired in November 2017 following a poor start to the 12017/18 campaign which left the Hammers deep in trouble at the foot of the Premier League.

One member of the Croat's group was German coach Edin Terzic, who followed up his spell at West Ham by undertaking a Football Association-sponsored UEFA Pro Licence course.

And now the 39-year-old has been granted an opportunity to put his new-found skills into practise after being granted one of the best jobs in his home nation Germany, as manager of Borussia Dortmund.

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Terzic pictured with Bilic in Reykjavik just three months before their sacking

Terzic has been part of the Dortmund set-up since 2018 when he worked under Swiss coach Lucien Favre. He was given the managerial reins at the Westfalenstadion briefly following Favre's sacking in December 2020, a post he held for the remainder of the campaign.

In July 2021 he reverted to his former coaching role after Marco Rose was introduced as Favre's long-term replacement, but the former Mainz defender lasted just 12 months in the role before he too was fired last week - despite leading Dortmund to the runners-up spot in the Bundesliga.

And now Terzic has been granted the opportunity to lead Die Borussen - Germany's second largest club - on a permanent basis, less than five years after his dismissal by West Ham.

"By now many people are likely to be aware of the special importance BVB holds in my life," said Terzic.

"I'd therefore like to express my sincere thanks to [chief executive] Aki Watzke, Michael Zorc and Sebastian Kehl for the great trust they have placed in me and for giving me this great responsibility."

* Further reading: Terzic thanks Hammers fans

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