New Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz believes he can guide the team to success after fulfilling an ambition to land a job in the Bundesliga.
The Dutchman was presented to media on Tuesday shortly after Dortmund had announced he had agreed to leave Ajax and join BVB on a two-year contract, succeeding Thomas Tuchel, who left after lifting the DFB Pokal.
"Dortmund are one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It's a great source of pride to coach this club," the 53-year-old said. "Germany is one of the biggest leagues in Europe along with Spain and England. It's really very big, and I'm really looking forward to coaching in it next season."
After taking up the job in summer 2016, Bosz guided Ajax to a runners-up finish in the Dutch league last season, ending just a point behind champions Feyenoord, while also steering his young team to the UEFA Europa League final where they were beaten by Manchester United.
The Dutchman's track record in Amsterdam, as well as the success he enjoyed as coach of Vitesse Arnhem and as technical director at Feyenoord, helped convince the Dortmund powers-that-be they had found their man. His preferred brand of football also fits snugly with the club's ambitions.
"We're convinced the way his teams play is not dissimilar to the way we would like to see the team play here," sporting director Michael Zorc said. "He likes fresh, attacking, attractive football, and very strong pressing. It's a good balance, and we'd like to see that on the pitch here next season."
Zorc will work closely with Bosz as they seek to close the gap not only to champions Bayern Munich but also to RB Leipzig, who squeezed in front of BVB last term to claim runners-up spot. Only a late charge from Die Schwarzgelben earned them automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League group stage as they came home third.
"I spoke to Messrs Watzke and Zorc for three hours. I got the feeling we could work well - with quality and respect. That was very important for me. After that, everything went very quickly," said Bosz, a former Netherlands international. "We want to play attractive football and be successful together."