Welcome to my latest post tracking my managerial career which as taken me from Amsterdam to Dortmund, my first 6 months in Dortmund have been interesting has we look to to bring in a new era to this fantastic club. In the two years that I was in Amsterdam Dortmund have finished 3rd and 4th in the Bundesliga and not managed to pick up any silverware on the way. Both the B team and Youth team have been depleted of players which is a real shame because the club had some real potential but all is not lost and the club still have some talent to work with beyond the 1st team squad. The board made available a budget of £39m for transfers.
I wanted to inject some new life in to the 1st team squad and brought 5 players in to the club in the summer transfer window with the first one being free agent midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud who had been released by Gladbach, I feel Dahoud has a lot to give and at just 22 years of age it’s criminal that he was out of contract. The next player we welcomed to Dortmund was that of Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans (21) from Anderlecht for a club record £26m. I also brought in Mexican Midfielder Orbelin Pineda (22) from Deportivo Guadalajara. I wanted to strengthen our left full back area and went out and signed Dutchman Jetro Willems (24) for £11m rising to £14m with add ons. Last but not least I signed Argentine forward Facundo Colidio (18) from Boca Juniors who drove an hard bargain pushing the fee up to £7.5m however I know his worth and bit the bullet for his signature. A total of £47m spent.
With the 5 players brought in to the club it was inevitable that we would have some departure’s so the most notable following players all said their goodbyes:
Shinji Kagawa £7m (£11m) Borussia Monchengladbach, Sebastian Rode £8m Al-Nassr, Nuri Sahin 4.2m Torino, Marcel Schmelzer £1.5m (1.8m), Sven Bender £3.5m (5.25m), Julian Korb £3m Hoffenheim. Total £29m giving us a net transfer outlay of £22m, of the above players there was only Sebastian Rode and Julian Korb who were not transfer listed.
The draw for the Champions League put us in a group consisting of Paris St Germain, Olympiakos and Viktoria Pizen which I felt was a very good draw for us with PSG being our toughest opponent. We qualified for the knockout round and got dumped out against a dominant AC Milan side.
What a season we got off to a flyer leading the table at the winter break by 7 points but by the time the last ball was kicked we were crowned Champions 3 points ahead of Bayern.
An offer to manage in France:
This was an easy decision for me, I am an admirer of Olympique Lyon who I had the privilege to to go and watch during their golden era in the early millenium with stars of the ilk of Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Sidney Govou, Juninho, Cris, Éric Abidal, Mahamadou Diarra, Patrick Müller and Karim Benzema. I have signed a three contract which I might manage to see out depending who comes knocking.
My Managerial Record So Far :
Olympique Lyon 2019-
Borussia Dortmund 2018-2019
18-19 Bundesliga Winners Champions League 1st rd DFB Pokal Semi Final
17-18 Eredivisie Winners Champions League Winners Uefa Super Cup Winners Dutch Cup Winners Johan Cruijff Schaal Winners
16-17 Eredivisie Winners Europa Lge Winners Dutch Cup Winners