I rated it medium. Despite failing to match the media hype, this team had some good moments, and showed some good football.
You could rate bad, but I don't agree with the description in the poll - the failure is not that we didn't win the league, it's the way
in which we didn't win it. I also don't agree about failing to qualify to the Europa League group stage - no matter your what your budget is, you always depend on the draw with our lousy ranking. We could have gone past Paris because they didn't use their first team in the first leg and we still lost, but we also managed to get past Olympiakos in what were two very brave performances.
Europe is nice, but it's only a bonus for us. Our failure is the way we played in Israel, in the league and losing in the first game of the cup again. The reason I still rated it "medium" and not "bad" is that we still haven't gone backwards in relation to the previous season, and that we can be satisfied with how Maor and Eliran looked. Another reason to be optimistic is how some youth players got involved with the first team.
This season is a failure overall, no doubt, but at least in the end it wasn't a total train wreck...
I also agree about Ivanir. He handled the team very poorly at times, but you can't ignore the pressure in Maccabi, especially at that time. He deserves a longer chance. If he doesn't make it - I'll be sad for both Maccabi and Moti, but I think it was a smart decision by Mitch to let him have another season, especially when the club needs some stability.
A name to remember for me, having watched a few youth games this season both on TV and in person is Gael Margolis and Muanes Dabour.. both those kids will be playing in the first team in 2 years time.. Margolis already played and showed his lighting speed winning the penalty in the last fixure vs Netanya.
Unfortunately I wan't able to watch the youth in person (Saturday noon - too early!), but those two are definitely the cream of the crop. This is the best youth squad we had in years, and they are touted as the greatest potentials. Moanes already played for the Ahi Nazareth's senior squad in 2009/10 season, and I think he'll move on the senior Maccabi bench for the next season, or get loaned out, as he's already 19 years old. Gael however is very young - only 17 years old.
Because of his age I'm not sure that Gael will indeed get to the first team in 2 years time, as he will probably play for at least another season in the youth, and then it is likely that he will get loaned out when he's 18 or 19. Even if he is very talented, Maccabi will not risk building the team around him until he's proven his ability to play for the first team. I hope he'll gradually and slowly get his chances in the next season, but let's not rush him. And if in the next summer (when he's 18) Maccabi gets the option to loan him out, and the receiving team wants him to be a starter - we should do it. It's a very critical age, and if he is guaranteed an almost secure spot there, it's best for him. After that, we'll see what happens.
I also think that it's possible for him to play in Europe, even as a loanee, with the recent trends... Probably in Belgium
As for Moanes - I guess that his future depends on the future of Roberto Colautti. Roberto is not that bad, despite his bad season, and if he stays he would probably be preferred as the first backup to Atar/Itzhaki. In that case it may be best to let Moanes play somewhere else on loan. If we manage to get rid of Colautti and his wages, Moanes deserves to wait for a chance on the bench.