*Long post warning* So the season's done, one that I think all of us will be happy to forget, albeit it ended with a small ray of light having secured Europa League football for next season, though that speaks volumes for how bad the quality was this year. We embarrassingly crashed out of both domestic cups against sides we should be beating. The CL campaign wasn't really great either, albeit we did face a decent Leipzig side whilst we were struggling with injuries to key players. Son picked up our POTY awards and whilst statistically he had yet another strong season, performance wise he left a lot to be desired, as did everyone else. I'm honestly not sure who I think deserved it. Our recruitment proved to piss poor for the most part, a lot of money was spent and we got a very little return. We've also seen far too many players decline, this has been coupled with the club persisting with too many mediocre players and so along with the poor recruitment (plus lack of recruitment in 18/19), it's culminated in a squad that's delivered poor football for over 18 months as well as the sacking of a much loved manager. If I were to grade this season it'd be a D/ E (out of A+ to F). We came in with high hopes and big money signings but ended up massively underperforming, playing poorly but just scraping a guaranteed Europa spot on the final day in 6th spot, ensuring we at least maintain a "big 6" finish. If I were to grade Jose on his first 9 or so months, I think a B- would be fair. He picked up a solid amount of points even if the football wasn't pretty but ultimately couldn't get CL football whilst the FA Cup exit to Norwich was extremely disappointing. We certainly need to act quick and smart in the market now, I'm hoping for a good few additions but expecting around 3 or 4 (at the least a RB, DM and ST, ideally though another RB, CB, possibly a LB, CM and a WF too - unrealistic but needed in my opinion). I think the club needs to be brutal with outgoings and cut the deadwood plus those who no longer offer enough, especially as we'll likely need funds to reinvest into the squad as I can't imagine our starting budget will be too great. Most if not all of these should be binned - Aurier, KWP, CCV, Foyth, Winks, Dele and Lamela. There's also decent cases to be made for Sess and Ndombele, though I am holding hope that with a new DM, Jose will give Ndombele a second chance in a three man midfield and help provide that creative spark alongside Gio that we've lost since Eriksen's decline and departure. In terms of next season, it's where I'll begin to truly judge Jose too. I'm expecting top four and a trophy, anything less is simply a failure. I'd also like to see us be more dominant in certain matches, I'm completely cool with counter attacking against strong sides who like to play a possession based game but against bottom half teams we need to be the alpha because trying to counter attack a side who'll likely sit back won't end well. So yeah... might add more in the comments if I think of anything but what's everyone's thoughts on things? How would you grade the season and manager impact? Did you have a POTY in mind? What would you like done in the summer? What are you hoping/ expecting from Jose and the players next season?