Borussia Dortmund has announced an extension of Sporting Director Michael Zorc’s contract through the end of June 2022.
Zorc had previously announced he would be stepping down from his role following the 2020-21 season, but decided another year would help the club by not adding further instability during tumultuous times.
“We are facing times that are marked by major challenges,” said Zorc on the club’s website. “For me, it it self-evident that I stay on-board with my club through such a phase and make my contribution in positioning Borussia Dortmund in the best possible way.”
In addition to holding the BVB’s club record for appearances with 572 matches in the black and yellow, Zorc has been in charge of sporting concerns there since 1999. For Hans-Joachim Watzke, the decision to ask Zorc to stick around was an easy one.
“I personally asked Michael Zorc a few weeks ago to hang around for another year,” said the club CEO. “All of us with BVB are happy and thankful that he fulfilled our wish. Michael is a true Borussian and, as such, is ready to further be responsible for sporting direction during a challenging phase during which planning is complicated and developments are difficult to anticipate. This continuity is good for us.”
The club will plan around Zorc’s 2022 exit to identify his eventual successor. Watzke announced that he will “soon also talke with Sebastian Kehl about expanding their collaboration.” A long-time captain for the BVB, Kehl is currently head of first-team football at Borussia Dortmund.