A brilliantly uplifting poem from Barney! Thank you, my man...
I`ve been dusting down my crystal ball, and peering with intent,
Through shrouded mist and fixture lists for signs of some portent.
And even though it`s early days, the omens are quite good
With six new faces coming in, while cutting out dead wood.
Let`s hope that Dougie`s got it right and everyone`s a winner
Not just flattering to deceive… We`ll not forgive a sinner!
Mentally and physically, we`re all geared up this year
My time spent gazing at the stars, has made that very clear.
With 'sports science` back in favour and 'Leather` now in place
The team will have a better chance of staying in the race!
Less long-term major injuries and better help for those that do
Means anyone succumbing now, will form a shorter queue.
Football nous and tactics are part of Dougie`s crucial armour
So it`s crystal clear in my glass ball, that`s good for Bolton`s 'karma`!
Clued up players, as we know, the manager must prepare
A prerequisite for sportsmen and precursor to their flair.
You can see the difference he has made, out there on the pitch
With each and every player now, comfortable in his niche.
A quick glance around the fixtures, shows we need a brilliant start
Out of the blocks and racing, we must be ultra smart!
Many top teams will face us, in the first few months of play
So averaging two points a game, will mean we`re here to stay!
Come October, and near the top, it`s full tilt for the league
And this time round, there`ll be no sign of the usual fatigue!
Now, the last piece of the jig-saw, should soon be put in place
When the Wanderers` finest player, once more that turf will grace.
My crystal ball`s explicit, he`s coming back to stay
And after two years on the side-lines he`s about to make them pay!
Of course I speak of Holden, America`s greatest son
In our team next season, and the league`s as good as won.