After 24 years at the 1st FSV Mainz 05 Christian Heidel joined FC Schalke in the summer of 2016. The manager now reminded of the change.

“It was a difficult decision. For me, at the time at that time,” Heidel said to the “picture” newspaper and added: “I have left my baby, even if the club was long out of the baby age.”

Particularly hard were the games against Mainz, as Heidel stressed, “even if I won five out of six, or maybe that’s why it’s just because of that,” says the 58-year-old.

Between 2016 and 2019, today’s Mainz manager served FC Schalke 04 as a Mainzs board. If the reasons for the crash of the scarce is discussed, heidels name also falls again and again.

Critics intend to have introduced the decline with unfortunate personnel decisions. Why he became the Buhmann, the most directed decision maker can not explain to this day.

“We were in 2018 with eight points ahead of Vizemister, then loosely came through the group stage of the Champions League, had the highest sales and profit of club history,” heidel made in winter 2021 opposite the “WAZ” clear.

The former car dealer continues: “But we had five difficult months in the Bundesliga, but also because of an incredible injury, were eleventh – which is not easy to convey to Schalke.”

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Klopp setting as a “craziest decision”

In the “picture” interview, heidel also spoke about the best decision he has taken as a functional: “At the same time, that was the craziest: the player Jürgen Klopp to make the coach, at the Rose Monday 2001.”

Klopp is today coach of the FC Liverpool, won with the Reds 2019 and the Champions League Final and is still “a friend for life” for Heidel.