SEASON PREVIEW Manager RedAL returns to Lille for the start of Season 8 in the TFS. In a draft-day surprise, the French club became available after RedAL had already agreed to a pre-contract with Saint-Etienne. The manager used his right-of-first-refusal to return to the club that gave him his first chance in the TFS. Since leaving Lille at the end of Season 2, manager RedAL could not find a comfortable fit, having spent seasons in Germany, Netherlands, and Spain. After a 3rd place finish in Sesaon 4 with PSV Eindhoven, it seemed the manager had finally found a home. But an unexplainable change of heart saw manager RedAL depart the club for Hoffenheim, where he spent a season before returning to PSV, and promptly leaving them once again for a failed experiment in Spain. Now back at Lille, many things have changed. Gone is the entire attacking front line of Seasons 1 and 2, which included Moussa Sow, Gervinho, and Eden Hazard. Yohan Cabaye and Mickael Landreau have also left, with Mathieu Debuchy seemingly on his way out as well. But the club retained the heart of their midfield with Florent Balmont and Rio Mavuba patrolling the middle of the park. Marvin Martin will add an attacking flair, while speedster Dimitry Payet and skilled dribbler Salamon Kalou will patrol the wings. At the back, Adil Rami has returned to Valencia, but Aurelian Chedjou partners with Marko Basa for a formidable central pairing. If Debuchy does indeed leave, Franck Beria will move to RB, while young starlet Lucas Digne will take over at LB. Steve Elana, a summer signing, becomes the #1 with Landreau departing. Season 8 looks to be another filled with talent from top to bottom. Many pundits have predicted Lille as a favorite for a championship, but those pundits should also be aware of the up-and-down nature of manager RedAL's history. Many times he has found himself near the top 2 in the standings, only to fall into a massive slump. Familiarity with the club and talent level at it should help, but it is ultimately up to the manager to pull the right strings.