Every reason for fans to be optimistic about arrival of seasoned boss Martin Jol.
IN: P Kasami (Palermo), JA Riise (Roma), D Burn (Darlington), C Somogyi (Rakospalotai), M Gecov (Slovan Liberec); OUT: D Stockdale (loan), J Greening, Z Gera, E Johnson, D Kamara, K Dikgacoi, J Pantsil
Last season: 8th
Last trophy: 2nd Div, 2001
FIRST FIVE FIXTURES
13 Aug, A Villa (H); 20 Aug, Wolves (A); 27 Aug, New-castle (A); 11 Sep, Blackburn (H); 17 Sep, Man City (H)
BEST CASE SCENARIO
Another top half finish, a run in Europe to rival that of 2009 – and all with the kind of entertaining football Jol used to practice at Spurs.
Jol’s honeymoon ends swiftly and they get dragged into a battle for survival.
TREVOR STEVEN’S VERDICT
Jol is a sound appointment and will be pleased with a top 10 finish. Key could be the Bobby Zamora (left)- Andy Johnson strikeforce; they’re workmanlike, with a bit extra – like Fulham.