Gobsmacked West Ham fans only just realising who Borussia Dortmund manager is

West Ham fans were scratching their eyes last night after realising who Borussia Dortmund's manager, the man who very nearly masterminded an away victory over Manchester City, was.

Little-known German-Croatian coach Edin Terzic took over at the Westfalenstadion in the summer following Marco Rose's departure at the end of last season, though Hammers supporters will remember him as their assistant manager under Slaven Bilic just a few years ago.

Posting a photo of Terzic sitting in West Ham's dugout alongside a snap of him celebrating a recent Dortmund goal, one West Ham fan tweeted: "Still surprises me every time. What a story."

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A second supporter commented: "I thought I recognised him from somewhere," while another wrote: "Never would've seen that coming. Fair play to Terzic. He's only gone and made it."

Terzic left West Ham when Bilic was sacked in 2017 and a year later joined Dortmund as Lucien Favre's No 2. He'd previously spent a few years as both a scout and a youth team coach for the Bundesliga giants, working closely with then first team boss Jurgen Klopp.

He joined Bilic's coaching staff when the Croatian was appointed Besiktas manager in 2013, and followed him to Upton Park two years later.

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Following two-and-a-half seasons as Dortmund's assistant head coach, Terzic was handed the reins himself, albeit temporarily, after being appointing caretaker boss in the wake of Favre's dismissal in December 2020.

Despite guiding the club to victory in the DFB-Pokal at the end of the season, he was overlooked for the managerial vacancy in favour of Rose. Though Dortmund were obviously keen to keep him, and hired him as their new technical director.

Twelve months later he replaced Rose as head coach, a mere five years on from laying cones out at Chadwell Heath. What a story indeed.


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