Teams: Nottingham Forest, Roma,Italy
reading should make a big impression in the EPL. not only because of the money, but also for their manager Steve Coppell.
As a kid, i saw him play for both Engalnd and ManU. an injury meant that he came to the managerial job fairly early, he took palace to the then 1st Div in 1989. the next season didn't start very well as they lost 9-0 to Liverpool early on in the season .
(a joke at that time was:Q: When do Crystal Palace kick-off?
A: After every 10 minutes.)
but they recovered well from this setback, managed to make it to wembley for the cup-final before losing to Fergie's Manu (in the replay).
They played good direct attacking football throughout the season. (The first final at wembley finished 3-3). Ian Wright-Mark Bright was a good striking combination.
I think Coppell's experience with palace (and other teams) will be crucial for next season.
"John Robertson was a very unattractive young man. If, one day, I was feeling a bit off colour, I would sit next to him. I was bloody Errol Flynn compared to him, but give him a yard of grass and he was an artist. The Picasso of our game"