VIEW FROM THE STANDS
SCOTT McCARTHY, WEAREBRIGHTON.COM
This season will be different to
last because it’ll be a lot harder to stay up. Wolves and Fulham look far stronger than the sides who went down; we no longer have an element of surprise; and there’s a real danger of second season syndrome, which Chris Hughton has been keen to emphasise due to his experience with Norwich. Our pantomime villain is Neil Warnock. I like a manager who moans. He’ll add some blood and thunder to the Premier League. Save the date for December 4 and March 9. The Palace rivalry slipped under last season’s radar. One change I’d make at our club is to allow no more ‘Hazard, can I have your shirt?’ signs. We have a reputation for plastic support as it is, after crowds grew five-fold overnight when we moved to the Amex, so seeing kids in the home end ask for Chelsea players’ shirts while their parents smile and clap a bloke who just single-handedly destroyed us is an abomination.
The opposition player I secretly
admire is Andy Carroll – a big striker who loves a pint. Oh, what might have been if only he wasn’t made of glass. This year we’ll finish 15th again, but a lot closer to relegation than last season’s seven-point gap. FFT asks: How pleased were you to see Pascal Gross sign a new contract? Tying him down to 2022 could be the best bit of business we do this summer.