Al Kharaitiyat signed Nassif Al Bayawi as new coach for the 2018-19 season. The Tunisian last coached Al Khor, replacing Frenchman Laurent Banide in November, 2017, and guided The Knights to eighth position in last season’s QNB Stars League. The Thunders were coached by Tunisian Ahmad Al Ajlani and then Syrian Yasser Sebaei after the former’s dismissal last season. Al Bayawi is no stranger to Al Kharaitiyat having assisted another Frenchman Bernard Simondi there. Al Kharaitiyat managed to retain their position in the QNB Stars League after beating Al Wakrah in play-off between the 11th-placed side in the First Division and runners-up in Second Division.