The players football union counter terrorist unit has received a warning. The first genuine, black contender for the post of England manager is going to be assassinated in the run up to the 2006 world cup finals.
The following takes place 89 days before the start of the world cup finals in 2006.
Ten hours later Tinker and Boston were discussing the Palmer threat next to the water cooler, in the corridor outside Boston's high technology CTU facility.
'I've got to say I preferred the Buxton that we used to get.'
'But anyway Boston, what do you think about the Palmer threat?'
'Well it is plausible, he's upset a lot of people in a short length of time…'
Palmer was a journeyman footballer. She became an England international largely through perseverance and a lack of alternatives. Her initial foray into management was unsuccessful. However following a sex-change in late 2003 her profile and management successes improved immeasurably.
There have been rumours and innuendos especially when her high profile affair with Prince William ended following an etiquette scandal concerning four cream crackers and a jar of marmite. But her management successes have been unquestioned. To take Cheltenham Town to the Premiership title and then on to the European Cup final was nothing short of miraculous.
Her innovative 'dog-sled' formation was now being copied the world over as teams abandon width and concentrate on driving straight down the middle of the park, occasionally shouting 'mush'. The 2-2-2-2-2 formation was ridiculed initially – but is now widely regarded as the future of football.
'…but I'm in meetings all day, could we discuss it at lunch on tomorrow.'
'OK, I'm sure its something and nothing.'
Said Tinker, enigmatically.
'Castlefield, hmm, I seem to remember we did have an outstation there, but there was a scandal when one of our operatives shot a suspected drug dealer. The drug dealer turned out to be a diplomat from a country that we've recently bombed the hell out of. Do you think there might be a connection?'
'I'm not sure, but wasn't Palmer coaching in that country last summer, before a disastrous qualifying sequence dumped Serbolakia out of the World Cup finals, ironically allowing England to qualify?'
'Now you come to mention it, yes.'
'Boston, we have a problem.'
'Do you have to keep saying that?'
'I think it makes me seem a bit more quirky.'
'We'll talk more tomorrow.'
'Do you think we should speak to Palmer?'
'Not yet, not until we've assessed the threat.'
'Fine. Do you know who decided we should change the water supplier?'
90 is a work of fiction, none of the characters exist and if there are any coincidental name/career/organisation matches with real life then they are not intended and hopefully will not cause offence.