Top 10 things we are looking forward to after our holidays
OTP is shutting down for a couple of weeks (if £100,000-a-week players need a rest we reckon we deserve one too). We’ll have some exciting things in the pipeline when we return. In the meantime, why not visit a couple of sponsors (we’ll call it holiday pay!).
1. Recuperated players
Watching tired, below par footballers embarrass themselves in South Africa wasn’t always as entertaining as we would have liked. Hopefully a nice little break for football’s elite will see them back to their best for the new season.
2. Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid
Working with Cristiano Ronaldo, La Liga mind games, more frequent spats with Barcelona, trying to maintain a working relationship with interfering Florentino Perez. The Special One circus rolls into Madrid and we can’t wait.
3. Tottenham in the Champions League
It is nice to mix things up a bit, so it will be interesting to see how a different English side get on in Europe’s premier club competition.
4. Newcastle in the Premier League
The league was missing a certain something last season. We get a massive stadium and some passionate supporters back, but most intriguing will be to see what level the Magpies are at on their return to the top-flight.
5. How Roy Hodgson settles at Liverpool
You sense a good start to the season is essential to convince the half of Liverpool fans who were pretty apathetic towards his appointment that Hodgson is the right man for the job.
6. A new-look England team
We are hoping to see Fabio Capello be ruthless when he names his squad for England’s August friendly against Hungary.
7. The last month of the transfer window
With pre-season now getting into full-swing, managers up and down the country will be getting a good idea of what they are lacking. Let the bidding commence!
8. Ian Holloway
Olly in the Premier League! Would you believe it? Our job is going to be so easy with the Blackpool boss giving weekly interviews on Match of the Day.
9. The latest instalment of the Manchester City soap opera
Bobby Mancini gets his first full season at Eastlands. Who will he bring in? How will his new coaching staff of 1990s Premier League players get on? Will he achieve enough for the ever-so patient owners?
10. A new improved OTP
We will have some exciting developments lined up forwhen we return. Watch this space!