Borussia Dortmund has released Markus Pilawa, the club’s Head of Analysis and Scouting, from his duties with immediate effect. He is moving to Bayern Munich.
Markus Pilawa (left) is no longer Head of Analysis and Scouting at BVB.
Since Markus Pilawa switched from VfL Bochum to Borussia Dortmund as a scout in 2012, the 44-year-old has always been on the up: Through good work, he earned himself a living and was promoted in 2017. Most recently, Pilawa worked as head of scouting and analysis and was therefore an important contact for the new sporting director Sebastian Kehl, who took over the position of Michaels Zorc this summer and had previously worked for the club as a licensed player manager.
Change to FC Bayern
On Wednesday, however, the cooperation, which was originally contractually fixed until the summer of 2023, ended abruptly: BVB released Pilawa with immediate effect, as the club announced on Wednesday. Accordingly, Pilawa had previously announced to BVB that he wanted to switch to a direct competitor. According to kicker information from Munich, this competitor is called FC Bayern. Pilawa will be the new chief scout on Säbener Strasse, strengthening the department headed by Technical Director Marco Neppe.
“We respect this decision and, in view of the challenges ahead, have decided to release Markus Pilawa from his duties immediately,” says Kehl. “We would like to thank him for the many years of cooperation and wish him all the best for the future.”
Pilawa’s farewell is a new construction site for BVB
According to kicker information, those responsible at Borussia Dortmund no longer saw any basis for a trusting cooperation, since Pilawa had approached the club with a desire for a career change. In the past there had been rumors that the Bochum native was open to a new job at another club.
In Dortmund, the separation from Pilawa creates a new construction site. In Laurent Busser, a new man was recently hired for the chief scout post. The 52-year-old, who previously worked at FC Bayern, should not replace Pilawa, who was hierarchically superior to him, but complement his team.