A New Man At The Helm: Lucien Favre

The worst kept transfer secret in the manager merry-go-round market has finally come to be official--Lucien Favre is the next manager of Borussia Dortmund.

A manager with proven success in the Bundesliga and the ability to communicate in multiple languages with a diverse squad, Favre is the manager Dortmund missed out on last season.  He was their first choice, but a rigid contract situation delayed things some. Still, BVB now have their man. Many now ask, "Did they get it right this time?"

There are a few noteworthy and promising connections with Favre and BVB already that deserve some commentary. Favre worked with a young Marco Reus and brought the best out of him at 'Gladbach, earning him a dream move home. The Dortmunder Jung recently said that Favre was the best coach he ever had. It seems like a good pairing for the new coach and what will likely be the new captain. With the surprising signing of Marwin Hitz, a Swiss goalkeeping crew will hopefully feel more settled under their compatriot. Burki appears to be getting a last chance, so all BVB fans are praying for something better from the streaky goalkeeper next season. Fingers crossed and thumbs pressed that Favre can bring the best out of Burki the way he brought the best out of a young Marc Andre Ter Stegen at Gladbach. Another connection from his days at the false Borussia that really excites is that with Mo Dahoud, who was first given a chance under Favre and will have a big role next season. Way back in his Hertha days, he worked with BVB legend Piszczek, who began his transition from striker to wing back under the guidance of Favre. What a move that turned out to be...

With these types of connections to the squad, one has to be a little excited about next season.

Will Favre be able to work his magic in the Bundesliga once again, maybe this time, challenging for the Schale? He will have a solid squad, with some definite additions and some departures surely on the near horizon. He'll need to strengthen in defense, midfield, and up front, so he has the opportunity to hand-pick his team in a way. It will be interesting to see what transfers follow Marwin Hitz' arrival and how the new man rebuilds a BVB squad in a kind of crisis.

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