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Mainz (dpa) - The long-time manager Christian Heidel returns to the relegation candidate FSV Mainz 05 after a "picture" report.

As a future board member, the 57-year-old is supposed to bring an old friend with him to Bruchweg: According to the newspaper, Martin Schmidt should be the sports director at Tables-17.

of the Bundesliga.

From the club itself there was initially no confirmation and no information about what is now happening with coach Jan-Moritz Lichte.

According to "picture" information, the coach should be released during the day.

According to information from the newspaper, Heidel has agreed on a contract with the chairman of the supervisory board Detlev Höhne and the board members Stefan Hofmann and Jan Lehmann.

He would take over from sports director Rouven Schröder, who announced his departure from Rheinhessen last week.

Up until four years ago, Heidel worked for the Mainz team for almost a quarter of a century, took them to the Bundesliga and is considered the discoverer of today's coaching stars Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

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The former managing director of a car dealership who has a residence with his family on Mallorca switched to FC Schalke 04 as sports director in 2016 and was replaced there by Jochen Schneider in 2019.

The Mainz club management had high hopes for a return from Heidel, who was last out of office.

Originally, however, it was envisaged that Heidel would join the board and do the work together with Schröder.

Schmidt came to Mainz in 2010, was only responsible for the second and from 2015 to 2017 the first team of the self-appointed carnival club.

The 53-year-old Swiss was also head coach at FC Augsburg and VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Most recently, Schmidt worked as a TV commentator and had indicated that he was no longer aiming for a job in the dugout.

Meanwhile, Lichte continues to be the head coach on call.

The 40-year-old had only taken over for the killed Achim Beierlorzer at the end of September, but could collect few arguments for continued employment.

Most recently there was a bitter defeat in the DFB Cup against the second division VfL Bochum.

In the league, the club is in 17th place with only six points after 13 games. The latest results against Bremen (0: 1), Hertha (0: 0), Cologne (0: 1) and Bielefeld (1: 2) were for the Mainz so sobering that Schröder cleared the way and the sports management is now repositioning itself.

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