The Dortmund board have told manager Gray Surman that they are content with his performance over the past year, at today’s end of season meeting. Surman guided the club to the domestic double as well as the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup, but lost in the DFL-Supercup and crashed out Europe.
The club suffered the ignominy of being knocked-out in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage after winning the tournament in 2014, and then lost to Ajax in the Europa League last sixteen (after beating Anderlecht) despite being 4-1 up on aggregate with just fifty minutes of the tie to play.
The club started the season inconsistently before climbing to fifth and then maintaining a top-four spot since the turn of the year, and slowly hauled in their rivals, finally going top after matchday 25 and keeping the lead to the end of the season and retaining the title.
Back-to-back German cup success was sealed on Saturday with a 3-1 win over fierce rivals Schalke, which pleased the board immensely, as did the performances of the squad which were at a high level throughout the campaign.
The coaching staff reported that Dennis Praet, Mario Götze, and Viktor Fischer stood out as having improved significantly as footballers over the course of the season, while the entire youth squad were praised after winning a league and cup double. Playing staff are now on holiday until 6th July.