Wolfsburg coach Steve McClaren can look forward to some new signings this summer after his club's managing director Dieter Hoeness revealed that the squad which commenced pre-season training yesterday will not be the one which starts the 2010/11 Bundesliga season next month.
McClaren led his first two training sessions as the new Wolves coach and then sat next to Hoeness as he explained that the 2009 Bundesliga champions are going to delve into the transfer market. "Our planning is not yet over," announced Hoeness. "The hot months are still to come. Due to the World Cup, the market has not yet started moving."
Hoeness has promised a side which can compete for a top-five finish next season. "It is still a little early to set out our ambitions, but we are not making any secret of the fact we want to play for a place in Europe," added Hoeness.
McClaren, who led FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title last season, is the man the club have chosen to guide them back to the top after a season of stagnation following their unexpected title success.
He becomes the first Englishman to lead a club in the Bundesliga and he is keen to make a good impression, like he did in Holland. "It's great to finally see the team," he said. "Now the reality sets in. We are going to work hard to lay the foundations for a successful season. We have got to build a team and then we can look at the system. If you don't play as a unit, then you don't win anything in the end."
McClaren is being assisted by Pierre Littbarski, who will bridge the language barrier until the English coach can communicate effectively in German. However, McClaren admitted he did not need his assistant to translate too much on his first day. "I am surprised how well the players speak English," he said. "Even our Italian, Andrea Barzagli."