Over the weekend it emerged that Marco Rose will be leaving his position as coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach at the end of this season and take up the vacant position at Borussia Dortmund, a move that has looked increasingly likely since BVB sacked Lucien Favre last December. The 44 year old has a release clause in hs contract with Mönchengladbach that states he can go a year before it runs out in June 2022. Dortmund will have to pay his current employers five million Euros to activate the clause.
Rose‘s tenure at Borussia Park has been a success although their league form this season has been a little underwhelming. Prior to arriving in 2019, he had lead RB Salzburg, Austria’s equivalent of RB Leipzig, to back to back titles and a league and cup double in his final year there. Originally from Leipzig, It was thought he may end up at RBL once Julian Nagelsmann moves on, but Dortmund have got there first and ensured that he will be coaching in the Ruhr next season.
Both Mönchengladbach and Dortmund are in direct competition in trying to quality for next season’s Champions League. Neither club is currently in a Top Four spot however and will have to show marked improvement to achieve their goal. Even more interesting will be a DFB Pokal quarter final tie between the two sides on 2nd March. Such games are not unknown in Germany. In 2017/18 Niko Kovacs lead his Eintracht Frankfurt side to an upset of Bayern Munich in that year’s final, knowing full well that he was taking the reigns at FCB the following season.