Berlin: Coach Jurgen Klopp still has a job guarantee at Borussia Dortmund despite their horror run of five games without a win in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund won their first two Champions League matches ahead of Tuesday`s trip to Istanbul to face Galatasaray, but last season`s Bundesliga runners-up are down to 14th in the German league with just two wins in their first eight matches.
Despite losing their last three league games, Klopp still has a job guarantee with Dortmund`s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke despite Borussia`s worst start to a season in 27 years.
"I have always said that the coach will decide when his time at Borussia is over and that`s still valid," Watzke told German daily Bild.
"Jurgen is just as meticulous and innovative as on his first day here.
"He`s not showing even a second`s worth of tiredness with the job.
"We have been on the sunny side of things and rushed from success to success.
"Why should we then in our first real crisis busy ourselves with a few negative thoughts? It`s not up for discussion"
Klopp, who won the Bundesliga with Dortmund in 2011 and 2012, has a contract until June 2018 and Watzke says even if they miss out on a season of lucrative Champions League football it would not cause Dortmund problems.
"It wouldn`t be a problem in terms of economics," said Watzke, after Dortmund came perilously close to bankruptcy in 2005.
"We have survived many a crisis in the past and the only positive from the current situation is that we`re not anywhere near that economic level.
"But that`s no excuse for the players, financially nothing can shake us in the next few years, I`m more concerned about the football."
Dortmund star Marco Reus has a contract until 2017, but could leave Borussia at the end of the season if he actions a release clause with rivals Bayern Munich rumoured to be interested in the Germany winger.
"We won`t say anything about current contract negotiations, we have learnt about that from the past," said Watzke with both Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski having left Dortmund for Bayern in recent years.