Lucien Favre has announced that he is handing back the reins over the Foals. Gladbach have lost all five of their first league matches and their Champions League debut. The news caught fans by complete surprise.
Mönchengladbach’s wretched start to the season has claimed its first victim. Swiss coach Lucien Favre told media sources on Sunday evening that he was throwing in the towel.
Favre announced his resignation to the German news agency SID with an extensive statement.
“After careful consideration and intense analysis of the situation,” Favre wrote. “I have come to the realization that the best decision in this situation is for me to step down from my position as head coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach.”
Having survived a relegation play-off against Bochum just after joining, the Swiss coach brought one of Germany’s biggest clubs back into the European club football’s elite competition over his four years in charge.
“I was priveleged to lead Borussia from near-relegation to the Champions League,” Favre wrote in his statement. “There were a lot of unbelievable, exhilirating moments…The time has come to make a change. That’s the best decision for botht he club and the team. I no longer feel that I’m the perfect coach for Borussia Mönchengladbach.”
The club confirmed Favre’s departure shortly after his announcement broke. Team sources said that club bosses had tried to convince the Swiss to stay on at his job but were unsuccessful.
“We’re completely bowled over,” Gladbach Vice-President Rainer Bonhoff told SID. “We discussed things with one another the entire day. We refused to accept his resignation because we were of the opinion that together we could get the job done. But he went public on his own.”
Mönchengladbach lost 1-0 to their local rivals Cologne on Saturday. They’re currently bottom of the Bundesliga without a single point. It is the worst start to a season in the club’s history.