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Mainz sporting director says Chelsea will “bitterly regret” dismissing Thomas Tuchel (AP)

Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel has hit out at Chelsea over the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, believing the club’s owners “have no idea about football”.

Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea earlier this week after a patchy start to the new Premier League season and a defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the opening game of their Champions League group.

The German led Chelsea to success in the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in his 20 months at Stamford Bridge.

But it wasn’t enough as Chelsea’s hierarchy sacked Tuchel and replaced him with Graham Potter this week.

Hiedel has worked extensively with Tuchel during his time together with Mainz, has criticized Chelsea for his decision and believes the club will “bitterly regret” the 49-year-old’s sacking.

Graham Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea manager this week

Graham Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea manager this week (Getty)

“Thomas came out of the blue,” Hiedel told BILD.

“The dismissal is grist to the mill of those who are against investors in football. It was purely an investor decision.

“Someone who doesn’t know anything about football probably thought sixth place wasn’t good enough for them and said, ‘Then let’s try another manager.’

“After only six games, I can’t think of any other reason. But Chelsea will bitterly regret this decision – you don’t get such a good coach again that quickly.”

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