Manager: Carles (Catalunya)
Twitter name: @cduzpalau
Last season: 5th
Trophy cabinet: Empty (highest league position – last season)
Sympathies: FC Barcelona
Darts music: Cant del Barca
Outlook (on 4 September): The Just Put Carles boss is one of a trio of Catalans in the Kenna who not in their wildest childhood dreams could have imagined emigration to the UK would end in competing at the game’s highest level. Overcoming his birth in the relative football backwater of the Costa Brava, last season the JPC boss became the Kenna’s most successful foreign manager in the league’s history by finishing in fifth position. Achievement earned the curiosity of his girlfriend, who attended last month’s auction to see for herself just what all the fuss was about. No doubt she was made to regret her decision when the new auction wildcards were unveiled.
Unlike his fellow conquistadores, the JPC manager chose to avoid the tactic of just signing Hispanic players. While Rapids de Cullons CF have five and PSV Mornington have seven, JPC boasts just Angel Rangel – an established starter who will play in defence alongside Guy Demel, Andy Wilkinson and Chris Smalling, in front of goalkeeper Tim Howard. Fernandinho, Dembele, Kacaniklic and Henderson all appear to be getting game time this campaign. Only Ba and Sanogo up front look like bench warmers.
Crucially, the manager takes £13m into the first transfer window in October, making JPC the fourth richest club in the league.
First transfer window – 5 October 2013
Did not attend. League membership under review.
Second transfer window – 7 February 2014
|DEF||Wilkinson, A||STO||Free||DEF||Rosenior, L||HUL||£2m|
|MID||Dembele, M||TOT||Free||MID||Mutch, J||CAR||£5.5m|
|MID||Kacanilkic, A||FUL||Free||MID||Colback, J||SUN||£0.5m|
|STR||Ba, D||CHE||Free||STR||Walters, J||STO||£0.5m|
|STR||Sanogo, Y||ARS||Free||STR||Ameobi, Sh||NEW||£2m|