Borussia Dortmund part ways with sports coordinator Slaven Stanic amid strained relationship with Edin Terzic

Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Sebastian Kehl
Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Sebastian Kehl / INA FASSBENDER/GettyImages

Borussia Dortmund have announced that sports coordinator Slaven Stanic has left the club by mutual consent amid reports of a strained relationship with Edin Terzic.

Reports of discontent and internal division among the Borussia Dortmund bosses have dominated the club's season so far. Slaven Stanic has now paid the price for this, with the Black and Yellows announcing that he has left the club by mutual consent.

The 48 year old only joined BVB as the sports coordinator in May at the request of sporting director Sebastian Kehl. It was hoped that he would act as the link between the club's first-team and senior management.

But reports have been rife in recent weeks about Stanic coming under fire internally for his criticism of Edin Terzic. He reportedly criticised Terzic following Borussia Dortmund's goalless draw against AC Milan, which did not go down well with those in charge.

BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, who has always been Terzic's biggest backer, refused to comment on the issue but denied claims of poor relationships among those in charge during his interview with Ruhr Nachrichten last week. But now the decision has been made to part ways with Stanic.

Sebastian Kehl said that the decision was made mutually after detailed talks over the last few days. "Slaven Stanic joined us in the summer with a large football network and a lot of experience in various areas of professional sport. However, after intensive discussions over the past few days, we have mutually decided to go our separate ways from now on. We are parting on good terms and wish Slaven all the best for his personal and professional future," Kehl said.

Edin Terzic was asked about his relationship with Slaven Stanic during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, but stopped short of answering as the club's press officer Sven Westerschulze intervened.