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Borussia Dortmund sack Tuchel three days after winning German Cup

The 43-year-old led the club to major silverware on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel kisses the German Cup on Saturday.
Thomas Tuchel kisses the German Cup on Saturday.
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BORUSSIA DORTMUND HAVE sacked manager Thomas Tuchel just three days after he led the club to German Cup glory.

Tuchel, who in the past has been linked with a switch to the Arsenal hot seat, had his contract terminated today, as first reported by German tabloid Bild.

The 43-year-old has impressed at Dortmund since replacing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in July 2015, finishing second in the Bundesliga last season — behind Bayern Munich — and third this term, behind champions Bayern and Leipzig.

Tuchel guided Dortmund to their first major silverware for five years only on Saturday, as they claimed the German Cup with a 2-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

His departure comes as a surprise, and is expected to cost the club around €3 million in compensation. However, after an apparent dispute with the club’s board the former Mainz manager has been cut loose.

It’s a timely announcement, coming as Arsenal manager Wenger attempts to negotiate a new deal with club owner Stan Kroenke.

Tuchel has long been tipped as a possible successor to Wenger and his availability may well turn the heads of the Gunners’ board.

However, after Wenger also guided Arsenal to cup glory on Saturday, he is expected to continue in the role next season. Tuchel is already being linked with a job at Bayer Leverkusen.

In an official club statement, Dortmund denied Tuchel’s departure was over a disagreement with the board.

“We thank Thomas Tuchel and his training staff for their successful work at BVB,” the club said, adding that the “cause of the separation is by no means a disagreement between two people”.

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