Thomas Tuchel has stepped down as Mainz coach after serving the club for five years.
The long standing coach, who originally took over from Jorn Andersen in August 2009, guided the Coface Arena outfit to three top ten finishes during his five year tenure at the club.
Tuchel, who is under contract at the 05ers until the end of June 2015, will not be allowed to take over another club until his contract runs out next season.
The 40-year-old brought unparalleled success to the Rhineland – Palatinate outfit, guiding them into Europe for the first time in the club’s 109 year history, before repeating the feat in the current campaign.
The Krumbach born manager, who is often regarded as the figurehead for turning a bog standard second division team into an elite Bundesliga side apparently informed Mainz his desire to prematurely end his contract some time ago.
It is understood that Tuchel had expressed his interest to take some time away from the game, and in interest of finding a quick resolution, the club’s hierarchy allowed him to bid farewell to his players following their 3-2 victory at home to Hamburg on Saturday.
However, despite starting a legacy at the club which has seen Tuchel integrate a crop of formidable youngsters such as Maxim Choupo-Moting and Nicolai Muller into a success driven line-up, the club’s director of sport, Christian Heidel, is not taking his resignation lightly.
He told Bild: “Contracts have always been adhered to at Mainz. A change without the agreement of Mainz 05 is not possible, and it will stay that way.”
“I understand his feelings and his emotions but contracts are contracts.”
There are rumours circulating that Tuchel has been in regular contact with newly promoted third division side Red Bull Leipzig about the possibility of the 40 year old taking over at the end of next season, as he eyes a change in scenery.
However, this particular managerial link is yet to be confirmed, with the majority of the club’s supporters and hierarchy left bewildered at how Tuchel could turn his back on Mainz despite finishing in seventh place and qualifying for the Europa League.
Despite everyone associated with the club fuming about his premature departure, the 40 year old has given closure to both fans and players alike by admitting that he came to the decision to walk out on Mainz five months ago.
He said: “Just before the end of the winter-break in January I came to the conclusion that I should leave resign my duties as manager at the end of the current season.”
“To leave the club will be my last decision as the manger of Mainz. This is a great club and a great set of players who have been playing positively all season.
I wish them all but success in the future.”
Although Tuchel made a decision on his managerial future back in January he felt that it was important not to break the news until the club had achieved their goal of qualifying for European football.
He said: “I wished that I was able to tell the club sooner, but I wanted us to reach our goals and to not put this into jeopardy.”
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