Preview 3: Derby, Everton, Leeds & Leicester

What’s all this then? This should get you up to speed, and don’t forget to enjoy Preview 1 and Preview 2.

Here we are again! The third part of our preview and four more teams step up to the plate (see what I did there) to try and hit this crazy scenario out of the park. Can Derby find a better manager than Nigel Pearson? Will Everton find their David Moyes? Are Leeds able to avoid administration? Is there any way Leicester can top 2015/16? QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED.

Derby Rams (Derby County)

You can’t argue that I was very lazy with some of these names. Anyway, Derby go for blog save favourite Brian Little to lead them in the new era.


What Brian Little doesn’t realise, is that Nobby Solano is not big enough to be a centre half. He also doesn’t have a right back. To be fair to Brian though, he’s built a young squad including Ball, Bowyer, Heskey, Humphreys, Jansen, Cadamarteri, Thorpe…even Solano is only 22.


Sasa Ciric usually does well, so they’ll be happy with him at £1.4m. Heskey is of course one of the stars of the game, who is just 19 here and can be a staple of your team for many years. But they have no current stars…

Current Position: 17th

Prospects: Long term, this squad could be brilliant. There’s also £15m in the bank, so all is not lost. Keep them up and they will be very good.

Everton Blues (Everton)

This is one of my worst team names. I can only apologise. However, they’ve really embraced the spirit of this game


A former Everton player during their glory spell in the 1980s, this appointment is brilliant.

Denilson moved for a World Record Fee during the 97/98 season, whereas here he moves for £2m to Everton. He turned down many teams. Reid is living the dream.


The squad is decent. Richard Wright and David Seaman in net, Ehiogu and Rufus, Denilson and…Froggatt, then Wright, Ferguson and Collymore. It’s not perfect, but he’s convinced Andy Hinchcliffe to stick around, and isn’t that the main thing? Well no, bringing big Dunc back is, but still. We salute you Peter Reid.


Current Position: 8th

Prospects: I hate to say it but Reidy is underachieving here, in my opinion. They’ve only got £300k in the bank but look at their strikers alone should do well. Any injuries at the back though and all bets are off.

Leeds Lions (Leeds United)

Leeds Rhinos called, they want their gimmick back. Incidentally, John Candy was also on the phone


The mullet has landed. He’s a better choice than George Graham I’d say. Anyway, Leeds don’t learn about money management and Smicer arrives for £6.25m, no doubt Risdale was involved.


If you think that’s bad, look at this car crash:


Ok, so you have a limited budget, and a maximum of four non-EU players in your squad. You are Leeds. How many do you buy? If the answer is less than 4, you are not Gerry Francis. Dida is a good keeper, I’ll give him that. Gerry also loves a Romanian, especially Bratianu, the Bucharest Dion Dublin. It’s awful planning.

Current Position: 18th

Prospects: If Gerry sees it, he buys it. Unfortunately he holidayed in the Czech Republic and Romania in the Summer of 97. There’s still £8m in the bank, so all is not lost, but I think they will struggle to pull away from the bottom 3. It took them until August 12th to buy their first player, after the season started…

Filbert Foxes (Leicester City)

This is a bit better. And a great appointment too, I imagine Gary Lineker had a lot to do with it.


Bobby is just about the only manager to have bought more than 5 defenders and no strikers. A different approach, he has a goalkeeper who takes freekicks and a few great connections.


Bobby’s first purchase at Newcastle was Kevin Gallacher, obviously a big fan of him as he’s got him here too. Steve Staunton worked with Sir Bobby at Ireland, so that’s a tedious link too. Also, Rigobert Song. Slavisa Jokanovic is now the Fulham manager.

Current Position: 9th

Prospects: I don’t think this squad is all that, but with Bobby at the helm they’re overachieving. Gallacher has 11 in 17 and there’s only £3.5m in the bank, so there’s not much to play with to add a third striker to the squad.

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