Christian Heidel, the sporting director of Mainz has told Todd Boehly he would regret sacking Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea manager.
Heidel – who worked with Tuchel during his first spell at Mainz – has made no secret of his disdain for Boehly’s decision to give the German his marching orders.
“The sacking is grist to the mill of those who are against investors in football. It was purely an investor’s decision,” he told BILD.
“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 guided Chelsea to three wins, a draw and two defeats from their first six Premier League games this season. However, his last game in charge was a humiliating 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
It has been reported that Boehly, who appointed himself sporting director following his takeover of the club, clashed with Tuchel about recruitment this summer. The American had brokered a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo, only for the coach to veto the move.