It was time to begin a new season in Germany, this time with Mainz.
I only took charge on the 28th of the month, therefore have managed just the one match so far against Wolfsburg which was a 2-2 draw. Gbamin scored a 91st minute equaliser to give us a point on the road and our first of the season.
This meant after just 2 league matches we were in 11th place.
The draw for the Europa League had also been made and we've been given a tough group it has to be said. Chelsea are of course the overwhelming favourites to win the group and I see it being a hard slog to beat Brugges to a qualification spot, but we will give it our all of course. I don't anticipate Zurich causing us too many problems.
Finally, there was some late transfer business done following my arrival.
It was a very busy few days in terms of outgoings, all of which were confirmed on deadline day. First out of the door was Gerrit Holtmann, he joined Austria Vienna on loan. Anthony Ujah left for Lausanne in a £1.5m deal. Danny Latza and Daniel Brosinski both joined Holtmann in Vienna but signing for Rapid. Sverko, Barreiro and Nielsen all left the club on loan too while the only other permanent departure was Karim Onisiwo who joined Stuttgart for £3.5m
The club did do some business before I arrived in terms of players coming into the club, Patrick Roberts being the first man signed on a free from Man City. He's a player I've admired for a while so I'm hoping he can make the grade here in Germany. Rafik Zekhini joined on loan from Sassuolo and Ismaila Sarr was the big money signing of the window from Rennes. Juan Foyth also joined on loan from Tottenham. When I arrived, due to the amount of outgoings in the process of being completed, I felt it necessary to a little more business. Phillip Deusch was signed by my HOYD so I'll be interested to see how he develops. Jordan Ikoko was signed as RB cover following the departure of Brosinski. I like Ikoko as one, he's younger and two, he's better than Brosinski, although my staff don't agree, Ikoko will be the first choice RB for now. Next in was fan favourite Andre Schurrle on loan from Dortmund. Schurrle began his career here at Mainz so to get him back, with Europe on the horizon of course, is a huge boost. Toni Lato was the final man through the door on deadline day from Valencia. As mentioned previously, club captain Aaron Martin will be out for a while so we were a little short at LB, hopefully Lato can stake a claim for a starting berth sooner rather than later.