Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel has slammed Chelsea owner Todd Boehly for his decision to sack Thomas Tuchel in an interview with BILD . Tuchel was shown the door just seven games into the new season following a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on September 6.
Graham Potter has been announced as the German’s replacement but there has been a backlash over the Blues’ decision to dismiss Tuchel. Mainz’s director, Heidel, worked with Tuchel during his time as the Bundesliga club’s manager and has taken issue with Boehly over the sacking:
“The sacking is grist to the mill of those who are against investors in football. It was purely an investor’s decision. Someone who has no idea about football probably thought that sixth place wasn’t good enough for him and said:
“Then let’s try another coach” after only six games.”
“I can’t think of any other reason. But Chelsea will bitterly regret this decision – they won’t get such a good coach again so quickly.”
Tuchel led Chelsea to Champions League success in 2021 before securing the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2022. He took over from Frank Lampard on an 18 month contract, with the Blues languishing in ninth place in the league table. His performances in the 2020-21 season, including the Champions League win would lead to former owner Roman Abramovich giving him a contract extension.
Tuchel was handed a new two-year extension in June 2021 and there had been talks to extend that deal under Boehly’s new regime. However, the former Paris Saint-Germain boss has been sacked after overseeing 100 games for the Stamford Bridge side.