To cut a long story,short, no.
Despite an upturn in our last three fixtures, it was too little too late. We were relegated to the UAE First Division.
We ended up last but truth be told, we could have survived, if things had turned our way on the last set of fixtures. At least, we managed to go all the way to the semi-finals of the President’s Cup.
It didn’t help that as soon as the reality sunk in, two of our best players, Renan and Zac Anderson, wanted to leave. Immediately, Renan wanted to go and I sold him to Ligue 2 side Sochaux for 750 thousands pounds, a new transfer record for the club.
Zac could have stayed but he was asking for insane wages for a foreign player in the second division, so I let him go together with a few players that I thought didn’t do well for the team. That included most of our strikers, leaving us with only one senior striker.
I then thought of signing players from FFA COE, an academy club from australia, that has been reputed to produce good young players and you could easily sign players from there since they were on amateur contracts.
In this save, there were only two regens in the club. One didn’t think our club was big enough for his ambitions, which was a shame, because his stats were insanely good for a 17-year-old. I did manage to sign the other. Problem was he would only challenge against our only senior striker next season. Apparently, I had to wait until he turned 18 before he could join us.
We currently are in the midst of pre-season before we turn our attention to the UAE FA cup matches from September onwards. So, I’ll make another post about our other transfers and our performance in the competition. Until then!