Mainz, All Mainz
No sooner had Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm held aloft the Bundesliga title, the Club's 24th in actual fact, FSV Mainz 05 President, Harald Strutz, had swung the axe on another Manager. Kasper Hjulmand had been sacked back in February, the side had went through a bad run of results and the Fans had seen enough of the underachieving Dane.
The Club responded by placing first team coach and Fans favourite Martin Schmidt in charge of senior duties until the end of the season. Results did improve. Mainz finished mid-table, but the latter didn't do enough to convince Strutz of a permanent deal and last week he was told his short term contract would not be renewed.
Schmidt couldn't find consistency
The question 'Die Nullfunfer' Fans are keen to know the answer to is - who will be their next Manager? Harald Strutz has done well over the years, Mainz have became a settled Club in Germany's Bundesliga. Financially they are stable, they have recently moved into a new state of the art Stadium and have a large Fanbase following. But, are the Club and Fans happy to finish mid-table year in, year out?
Reports flying around are that Strutz is keen to appoint someone who can take Mainz to the next level. Felix Magath may be interested in a return to Germany to take the reins at the Coface Arena. English Championship side Middlesbrough have acted swiftly to reject any links with Spaniard Aitor Karanka. Other media sources strongly suggest former Marseille Manager Marcelo Bielsa is in line for the job. One local newspaper claims to have spotted Strutz and Bielsa in a Café on the Rhine.
But the question remains unanswered: who will be the next Mainz Manager?