CM 2 96/97 was one of the first seasonal updates to appear in the Championship Manager series ; CM fans were not sure what to expect from such a release. However just like its forerunners, CM 2 96/97 helped make an already excellent game even better paving the way for future seasonal updates in the CM series to become regulars.
CM 2 96/97 was somewhat of a unique effort in the sense that Sports Interactive and Eidos worked together in the actual developement of this title. Sports Interactive worked on the English and Scottish player, team and manager databases. On the other hand, Eidos were busy updating the foreign player database and made the necessary changes to bring the game up to the start of the 96/97 season. However, these were not the only changes that appeared in the game. Sports Interactive also proposed many new improvements and bug fixes to be included in the new version making CM 2 96/97 much more than just a mere update many feared.