Championship Manager 97/98 became the top selling PC game in 1997 in the UK (and the 13th all formats best selling game of 1997 in the UK). Paul Collyer was once overheard as saying "this should only take a couple of weeks", however it finally took 10 months!
However most fans would testify that if any title in the CM series was worth the wait, it would in most cases go to CM 97/98. Having been the last game in the series before the move to the new CM 3 engine, the game will always have a special place in CM player's hearts being probably the last 'old school' release in the series. And the fact it was the most addictive and thus the most successful game in the CM 2 series provides good support of the argument.