Both kicker and Bild report today that Mainz have decided to give their Danish coach Kaspar Hjulmand the boot tomorrow. After a difficult start to the season, which saw Mainz getting eliminated in the first round of both the DFB Pokal and the Europa League, Hjulmand and the team went on a unbeaten run of 8 matches. However, the next 13 match days saw only one win(5-0 against relegation candidates SC Paderborn), 5 draws and 7 losses. No other team in the Bundesliga has taken as few points as Mainz over the last 13 match days.
Mainz manager Christian Heidel was quoted by kicker saying, that Mainz “shouldn’t get relegated with a squad of such a quality”. The man who is likely to take over for the Dane is the coach of Mainz’s U23 side, Martin Schmidt. The Swiss arrived at the club at 2010 and has been in charge of the team for the last 166 matches. During that time the team managed to get from the 4th tier and into the 3. Liga, were Mainz’s second team currently occupy the 17th spot.
Mainz would be the third team so far this season to put the coach of their second team into charge after firing their first team coach. So far this season both HSV and Werder Bremen decided to promote Joe Zinnbauer and Viktor Skripnik after firing their first team coaches. Schmidt is according to kicker of the same tactical school as Tuchel, as he worked under the former Mainz coach after he arrived at the club. Mainz’s management is hoping that the return to a more Tuchelesque philosophy is going to change the club’s fortunes in the near future.
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