Calling Wolves and Blackburn fans, here is what £17m could have bought you
Vorm, Mulumbu or Tiote anyone?
Championship Manager is the platform where any wannabe manager cuts their teeth, whether it be mission impossible in guiding Rochdale to Champions League success or achieving real life fantasies of seeing Lionel Messi on the team sheet at Villa Park.
However, to serious fans, the real enjoyment can be spending hours trawling through the game’s database looking for some unknown gems from abroad, which can change a diabolical team into title contenders in a little over six months.
Fans of Championship Manager 1997/98 will remember Tommy Svindal Larsen from Norwegian club Stabaek, while 01/02 included predatory striker To Madeira, Falkirk midfielder Mark Kerr and a hatful of players from Sweden, including winger Stefan Selakovic and defender Tommy Jonsson.
It was conceivable to take a bog standard Premier League team to the cusp of the title for an outlay of little more than £5m.
One enthusiast once wanted the chance to prove his credentials by applying for the Middlesbrough job, citing his numerous Championship Manager credentials on his CV, but was knocked back.
But there has been proof in recent seasons that mega money does not need to be spent to create a team that on paper at least seems capable of challenging in the top half.
Looking back over recent Premier League seasons, here is what a manager could have done if they were astute in the transfer market.
We are excluding free transfers as some smaller clubs do not have the ability to attract all big names and have tried where possible to stick to the last three seasons, so unfortunately no Demba Ba or even more unfortunately Jonathan Woodgate.
Feel free to leave a comment below to state where you think this team would currently finish in the Premier League or mention some of your favourite Championship Manager heroes of old.
We definitely have high hopes for eighth place or better.