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Season Five – Pushing The Bar

Last season’s 10th place finish was unprecedented for RCD Mallorca but it has set a marker for us and we must show progress from here. With the money beginning to roll in we now had a reasonable transfer kitty available to us to go out and make a statement signing without jeopardising our financial stability.


On The Pitch

Footballing updates will be brief as I’m concentrating more on developing the club with a more holistic approach.

A fantastic start of five games unbeaten pushed us to the summit of the table. Naturally, we didn’t expect this to be sustained but it was disappointing to see us pick up just 4 wins in our next 12 games before the winter break – although that did include another victory over Barcelona! January was to see us start another poor run of form that brought 7 games without a win (including the one match pre-break). A late end of season push ensured we finished strongly and nabbed an amazing European qualification spot – another run of games that brought a victory over Barcelona, our third consecutive win against Los Cules.

The Spanish Cup was a total disappointment as we went out without even scoring a goal.


Recruitment and Player Development

I said that we would go out and spend and that is exactly what we did. Firstly, though, Callum Gribbin (Manchester United) came in at the end of his loan as a free transfer along with Nicolas Schiappacase (Atletico Madrid) under the same circumstances. Carles Alena (Barcelona) was available for £1.1m so we jumped at the chance to snap him up. Our statement signing was a promising young Austrian goalkeeper Jens Ahrbecker (RB Salzburg) for £8.75m. During the transfer window we strengthened our back up goalkeeper options with the signing of free agent Magnus Mar Petursson.

Before the season began we agreed a deal for the departure of young full back Alvimar (Inter Milan) for a fee of £825k – all profit from a free signing. In January we said goodbye to goalkeeper Munir (Atletico Madrid) for £240k but the biggest departure was our wonderkid Zambian midfielder. Allan Ngwenya (Arsenal) moved on for a £15.5m fee with further add ons – £3m after 40 league appearances, £1.5m after 20 international appearances and the biggie of 50% of any future sale!

The 2022 youth intake was a slight disappointment with only three players making the cut. Full back Ousmane Sow (Palma, Mallorca), midfielders Oscar Moreno (Palma, Mallorca) and Urko Kortazar (Durango, Biscay, Basque Country).

Last year’s breakthrough player Jaume Riera dropped back to the youth team to continue his development following the signing of two first team ready goalkeepers. Full back Biel retained his place in the senior squad and managed to secure a place in the first XI, making 30 appearances with a goal and two assists. Winger Ernest (Season Three Youth Intake) was called up to deputise for David Carmona and went on to make 15 appearances (1 start) scoring 2 goals with 2 assists and an average rating of 6.92.

At the end of the season we said good bye to Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes (both Manchester United) as their loan deals ended, sadly neither really broke into our first choice XI during their time here. Veteran of all five seasons Jose Angel was released as he struggled to break back into the squad and Bakary Kone retired after 3 years with us.


Financial Outlook and Club Development Progress

Finances

Some finances may seem out of timing but I complete all financial sums using the ‘last season’ column on the Finances tab so that should explain any late/missing amounts (which may come in the following season’s accounts).

As the TV and Sponsorship money continues to roll in we now start to see the fruits of our labour in the transfer income.

Along with an increase in transfer income we also see our first year of significant transfer outlay and with that an increase to wage expenditure.

No debt outstanding.

Facilities

Training Facilities: 3.5 stars – Great – further improvements agreed, due for completion 02/11/2022.

Youth Facilities: 3 stars – Good – further improvements agreed, due for completion 02/11/2022.

Youth Recruitment: Well Established

Junior Coaching: Excellent

Corporate Facilities: Average

Club Standing

Reputation: 3.5 Stars – National

Finances: 5 Stars – Rich – Account Balance: £44,115,317 (at 30/06/2022)

Estimated Value: £83.07million


End of Season Stats

Most apperances: Jens Ahrbecker (GK) andSalva Ruiz (D/WBL) – 38 appearances

Top Goalscorer: Nicolas Schiappacasse (STC) – 15 goals (15 League)

Most Assists: David Carmon (D/WB/M/AMR) – 11 assists (11 League)

Clean Sheets: Jens Ahrbecker (GK) – 14 clean sheets (14 League)

Highest Average Rating: Rémy Cabella (M/AMLC) – 7.56 average rating

For the second year running I was named Manager of the Year.