Mainz - During a press conference on Sunday, 1. FSV Mainz 05 sporting director Christian Heidel confirmed that Thomas Tuchel has stepped down as head coach of 1. FSV Mainz 05 with immediate effect, bowing out after five years in charge of the club.
'An extraordinary coach'
Tuchel, who is under contract with the 05ers until the end of June 2015, will step back from his role as head coach, but his contract will be honoured, meaning he will not be able to coach another club until its expiry.
Tuchel brought unparalleled success to Mainz after taking over from Jürgen Klopp, guiding them into Europe for the first time in the club’s history in 2011 before repeating the feat in the current campaign. However, the 40-year-old had expressed his desire to take some time away from the game and, in the interest of finding a quick resolution, Mainz allowed him to bid farewell to his players following their 3-2 victory at home to Hamburger SV on Saturday.
"You can't praise highly enough the work that the team has done in the last few months and the last 34 games," said Heidel. "For that I'd like to say a massive thank you to Thomas Tuchel and his coaching staff. I consider Thomas to be an extraordinary coach and an extraordinary person. We will all sit down together and find a solution that is in the club's best interests."