Nuri Şahin set to become assistant coach at Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund are set to bring in former academy product and midfielder Nuri Şahin as an assistant coach to Edin Terzić.
Edin Terzic, Nuri Sahin
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It wouldn't be a true transfer window for Borussia Dortmund without a good old reunion with a former player or manager. According to multiple reports in Germany and Turkey, BVB are set to reunite with former player Nuri Şahin, though this time, he is expected to be joining Edin Terzić's staff as an assistant coach.

Şahin holds the status of a cult hero and legend amongst Borussia Dortmund fans, with the former midfielder making his name at the Westfalenstadion under Jürgen Klopp. His performances attracted the interests of Real Madrid, the club Şahin would join in 2011 after winning the Bundesliga with Dortmund. After a few seasons marred by injury and a loan spell with Liverpool, Şahin returned to BVB in 2013, where he would play until 2018.

After brief spells at both Werder Bremen and Turkish side Antalyaspor, Şahin would go on to become the latter's manager in October 2021, a position he has held since. Şahin has impressed in this role, and his work in Turkey has long made him a rumored candidate for a return to Dortmund in the capacity of a coaching position.

The most interesting bit of information noted in reports from Turkey states that Şahin would be coming, as stated, in the capacity of assistant coach, with the intention of taking over this coming summer as head coach. If true, this would only lead to more questions about just how much sway Terzić will have in the remaining months of the current season, and what the future holds for him after the final matchday in May. Previous rumors had indicated that even if a new coach were to come in, a role would be retrofitted to have Terzić remain at the club.

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The thought of Terzić having a role once again made to keep him in Dortmund despite not being the club's head coach seems reminiscent of the situation Marco Rose found himself in when he arrived; a situation that doesn't allow for a proper and peaceful transition of power. If Şahin is truly meant to come in as head coach, it seems strange for Dortmund to wait until summer to appoint him, only to have his predecessor still looming over him once he does take the role full time.