By Gabriel Tan
Thursday evening's stalemate at the Jalan Besar Stadium was enough to seal a top-five finish for the Protectors, but they will be far from happy with what they achieved this year considering they were tipped by many as genuine title contenders in pre-season.
In particular, Lee has spent most of the year lamenting his team's defensive fallabilities, but he will be genuinely concerned that his side failed to find the back of the net in their final two games against Young Lions and Woodlands Wellington, who are both languishing in the bottom four.
Although there initially were rumours the ex-Korea Republic international would be leaving the Bishan Stadium, the club have since confirmed he will be at the helm once again in 2013, and he has already declared his desire to create a new-look Home.
"I appreciate the players I have had this year," he said after Thursday's 0-0 draw. "They showed their heart and gave 100% and I should thank them.
"But I want to make a new team for the future of Home United.
"Last season, we played together as a team and this is my target. This year, we couldn't get together a full squad and I want to avoid the same result.
"I will definitely have a new team next season."
It remains to be seen how many of the existing Home players will survive the chop but one man Lee did single out for praise on Thursday was veteran striker Indra Sahdan Daud, who was handed the captain's armband for the evening.
"Before the game, Indra asked me if he could captain the side and I told him to ask Kenji [Arai], who didn't have a problem with it," he revealed.
"He may not have scored tonight [Thursday] but he tried his best and I appreciate his effort.
"All the players should follow Indra and do their best on the field every time. That's the only way Singaporean football can improve."
Plenty of names have been bandied about as possible arrivals at the Bishan Stadium, but the one player that has been heavily linked with a move to Home in recent weeks has been Hougang United livewire Jordan Webb.