The board showed me great backing, offering a hefty wage and transfer budget, of which I spent relatively little. And they also agreed with my desire for an upgrade to our training facilities, but they refused to improve upon the meagre youth facilities.
There was a very long break before the season began, so we managed to fit in quite a few friendlies. They kicked off with back to back victories over K-League opposition. I then tried out a new 4-2-2-2 formation against the weaker teams, which produced a lot of chances, and I think I will try it out against some of the weaker sides in the league this season.
We were also productive off the pitch. As well as signing up a great scout and a good coach, we managed to attract a couple of good players. We didn’t have too much activity, as we didn’t need it, but I am reasonably happy with our business.
I brought in the experienced goalkeeper on a free transfer after last season’s number one’s loan from Busan ran out.
I was delighted to be able to bring him in, as I identified him as a target pretty soon after joining. The fans weren’t happy, and at £100k we did overpay, but I feel he will be worth it, and could probably do a job in the K-League.
The midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Ulsan, so I decided to bring him in on loan to take a look at him, with an agreed future fee of £1k. He looks a decent player, and if he impresses, we will snap him up at that bargain price.
Yep, another Kim Dong-Hyo! This one is a striker I brought in on loan on deadline day to try and replace Chul-Ho, who picked up a bad injury in a friendly. I didn’t even have time to get my scout’s opinion on him. Hopefully his pace will cause a problem, but unfortunately with Chul-Ho out we don’t have a single target man. All of our other strikers are natural poachers. We paid £4k for the loan deal with an agreed price of £18k, but I don’t think I will be taking that option.