Preview 2: Bolton, Chelsea, Coventry & Crystal Palace

What’s all this then? This should get you up to speed, or catch up with Preview 1

Welcome back! Part two of this five part preview is upon us, which means more hijinx as we catch up with the life and times of Bolton, Chelsea, Coventry and Crystal Palace. Can you sensationalise Bolton? Let’s find out.

Bolton White Sox (Bolton Wanderers)

No matter how snappy the name is, there’s always a sure fire way to ruin things…


Compulsive liar and professional idiot Joe Kinnear will certain draw some headlines if he is allowed to run his mouth for long enough, I’m sure that appealed a great deal. I’m obviously biased against JFK (I’ll let you guess what the F stands for) after he disgraced my club on a few occasions, but he always seems to do well for himself on 9798. He’s signed Richard Dunne here, to form a dream partnership with David May


To be fair to old Joe, he’s signed some decent players. Purk, Broomes, Mulryne, Kennedy and Cooke all have a huge amount of potential, whilst future Blackburn reject Corrado Grabbi cost him £3m. It’s not bad.

Current Position: 11th

Prospects: Joe has been thrifty and quite savvy for the future. There’s £14m in the bank and even if success doesn’t come this season, they are well set for the future. If they change manager.

Chelsea Cobras (Chelsea)

Solid manager appointed, former Liverpool man Roy Evans being the chosen one


Roy hasn’t hung around either, he’s gone balls out the bath on this one. He’s built a squad full of attacking talent, including a young Sheva (his name is slightly wrong in the database but we’ll forgive you, 1997)


It doesn’t stop there. Bobic, Giuly, Andreas Moller…John Hartson. Colin Hendry holding the fort at the back. It’s a dream.


Even Duberry has gone back there, oh and Mark Hughes. Two solid keepers, Paul Brayson, what more could you want?

Current Position: 1st

Prospects: Evans might have cracked it here, by just buying as many strikers as possible and playing them all. They’ve lost only once and have a 5 point lead. Are we looking at champions? They’ve overspent by £318k, so who knows what happens next.

Coventry Sky Blues (Coventry)

Go on, appoint a former England captain


He’s gone for a very continental squad, and of course retained Marcus Hall. Why not? Siegl, Slade and Neffa are good CM gems, whilst Alex Notman is a good one for the future. Ian Pearce has won a Premier League. Bjorn Kvarme hasn’t.


Anchabadze has been a steal at £2m. What a beast


Current Position: 12th

Prospects: There’s still £8.5m to spend to improve from midtable, but this squad lacks star power. They’ll do well to finish top half.

CP 69ers (Crystal Palace)

One of the more ridiculous team names but they’ve gone for one of the more obvious manager choices


Toshack usually ends up back in England during the first season when the first Premier League manager goes, he’ll do well I imagine. Using his knowledge of Turkey, he’s tempted Hakan Sukur to follow him


Continuity. Aside from that, it’s another squad that lacks…everything. He has Disco Des Hamilton to call on, and of course Philippe Albert (oh!) but then he also has the scorer of the greatest own goal ever Jamie Pollock and Andy Griffin. Ruel Fox makes it a quarter of ex-Mags, for some reason.


Current Position: 19th

Prospects: Toshack has made a big mess of this. They’ve scored 6 goals in 15 games but they’ve won 3 games, so they’re 4 points clear of bottom side Blackburn. That gives you an idea of how bad Blackburn are. The only plus is that they have £16m to spend.

That’s your lot for this episode, but next time it’s the turn of Derby, Everton, Leeds & Leicester. Before I go though, as ever I’d like to plug the FM Collaboration The Men Who Stare At Goals where FM Writers around the world have put together some pieces for your reading pleasure. 10% of the proceeds are going to the charity CALM, so it’s a good purchase all round (in my biased view)


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