Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel has slammed Chelsea owner Todd Boehly for sacking Thomas Tuchel stating the decision will be regretted.
Chelsea American owner Boehly sacked Tuchel after a poor start to the Premier League campaign and their shock 1-0 defeat in their Champions League group stage opener against Dinamo Zagreb.
But the decision to sack Tuchel who guided Chelsea to win the 2020/2021 Champions League title has been widely criticised.
And the latest has come from Mainz’s sporting director Heidel.
Tuchel worked with Heidel during his spell as Mainz manager between 2009-2014.
Heidel says Boehly “has no idea about football” and will “bitterly regret” his decision to relieve Tuchel of his duties.
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Speaking to Bild, Heidel said: “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,” Heidel stated.
Meanwhile, the Blues have appointed former Brighton manager Graham Potter.
The Englishman has been described by the club as “one of the most exciting coaches in the game”.
On his appointment, Potter said: “I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club.
“I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.
“I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.”
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