Jurgen Klopp's shock Borussia Dortmund exit puts Manchester City on red alertby Jack Kitson / 15 April 2015, 11:14Tweet
Jurgen Klopp is set to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. The Bundesliga club have called a press conference for 12.30pm (BST) where they will be expected to confirm the shock reports. The German's imminent departure will undoubtedly catch the attention of a number of Europe's leading clubs...including a certain Premier League outfit...
- Klopp won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 & 2011/12.
- The 47-year-old's contract at Dortmund wasn't due to expire until 2018.
It will come as no surprise to learn that Klopp has instantly been installed as the new favourite in the Next Manchester City Market, something that will send waves of panic down the spine of the under-fire Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean, who is the favourite in the Premier League Sack Race, is widely expected to leave the Etihad following a rotten run of form, during which the Citizens have been booted out of the Champions League, and slipped down to 4th in the top-fligh.
Klopp was appointed Dortmund manager back in 2008, and has since gone on to win back-to-back Bundesliga titles (2010/11 & 2011/12), the DFB Cup, DFL-Supercup (twice), and the T-Home Super Cup. Klopp also memorably led his troops to the 2012/13 Champions League Final, where they suffered a heartbreaking last-gasp 2-1 defeat to fierce domestic rivals Bayern Munich.
The current campaign has been a bitterly disappointing one. A disastrous series of results left The Black And Yellows rock-bottom of the table back in February, but despite a transformation in results - Dortmund are now 10th - European football next season looks increasingly unlikely, with the club six points adrift of the top-6 with half-a-dozen-matches remaining.
Therefore, Klopp has decided it's the right time to embark on a new challenge, with a move to the Premier League now potentially on the cards. Meanwhile, reports in Germany reveal that the former Mainz 05 coach Thomas Tuchel is a possible successor at the Westfalenstadion.