Early Doors

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Early Doors

Eurosport-Yahoo!'s team-by-team guide to the 2011/12 League One season. 

Huddersfield Town

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Coach: Lee Clark

10/11 Season: After narrowly missing out on
automatic promotion by finishing third The Terriers fought their way through to
the play-off final but lost 3-0 to Peterborough.

Strengths: Huddersfield have an excellent
mix of experience and youth summed up by a strike-force of Alan Lee and Jordan
Rhodes. In Lee Clark they also have an ambitious young manager who is not
afraid to throw caution to the wind and chase victories.

Weaknesses: Having come so close to
promotion last year and put in a stellar effort for the entire season it
could be hard to reach those levels again, they have also made numerous changes
to the squad which could further disrupt their rhythm and the losses of
Pilkington and Peltier are significant.

Key Man: Top-scorer in both seasons he has
played for the club since arriving from Ipswich in 2009, Jordan Rhodes is
integral to the team's success.

Ins: Danny Ward (Bolton), Liam Cooper
(Hull), Tommy Miller (Shef Wed), Donal McDermott (Man City), Oscar Gobern
(Southampton), Calum Woods (Dunfermline), Anton Robinson (Bournemouth), Damien
Johnson (Plymouth Argyle)

Outs: Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), Lee
Peltier (Leicester), Leigh Franks (released)

Prediction: Champions

 

Preston North End

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Coach: Phil Brown

10/11 Season: The Lancastrians suffered relegation from The
Championship as they finished 22nd, six points off safety.

Strengths: Manager Phil Brown has managed in the top two divisions and should be able to use his experience to navigate League One.  In Iain Hume they may also have the best player in the division.

Weaknesses: With Billy Jones, Sean St
Ledger and Callum Davidson all departing they are short of defenders, Brown
will have to remedy this before the start of the season.

Key Man: Iain Hume was in fabulous form
since arriving from Barnsley and if he can recreate anything like that form
then he will be unstoppable in League One.

Ins: Clarke Carlisle (Burnley - loan), Iain
Turner (Everton)

Outs: Sean St Ledger (Leicester City),
Callum Davidson (St Johnstone), Billy Jones (WBA), Paul Hayes (Charlton), Chris
Brown (Doncaster Rovers), Andy Lonergan (Leeds United), Neal Trotman
(Rochdale), Neil Dougan (Released), Wayne Brown (Released), Keith Treacy (Burnley)

Prediction: Runners-Up

 

MK Dons

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Coach: Karl Robinson

10/11 Season: A consistently good campaign
from the Dons saw them command a play-off place for most of it and finish in
fifth spot.  They went down in the
semi-finals to eventual winners Peterborough though.

Strengths: They have finished in the top
half in all three seasons since their return to League One and the young club
and manager are rapidly gaining in experience. 
They have kept a strong nucleus of the squad with the likes of Dean Lewington,
Luke Chadwick and Sam Baldock and are building around them. 

Weaknesses: They have a fairly small squad
and will not be able to handle too many injuries this season unless they
increase their numbers. 

Key Man: Sam Baldock has ignored the overtures
of Championship side Peterborough; committing to the Dons could see him improve
and continue to score goals.

Ins: Dean Bowditch (Yeovil), Darren Potter
(Sheff Wed), Jay O'Shea (Birmingham City), Ian MLoughlin (Ipswich Town), Angelo
Balanta (QPR-loan)

Outs: Peter Leven (Oxford), Jude Stirling
(Notts County), Sean O'Hanlon (Hibs), Stuart Searle (Released), Danny Woodards
(Released)

Prediction: Third; Play-Off Winners

 

Sheffield Wednesday

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Coach: Gary Megson

10/11 Season: Many expected The Owls to
bounce straight back up after relegation from The Championship but they had a
very poor season indeed, finishing in 15th.

Strengths: Although not universally
popular, Gary Megson is a successful and proficient manager, the club is now on
a sound financial footing and they have some real quality for League One.

Weaknesses: There has been a long period of
discontent at Hillsborough and it will only take a relatively short bad run of
results for the fans and potentially owner Milan Mandaric to turn on Megson and
create more unrest.

Key Man: Jermaine Johnson is probably
Wednesday's most talented and dangerous player. 
He very nearly joined Nottingham Forest last year but is still in South
Yorkshire and if he can find some consistency then he can be a real threat.

Ins: Jose Samedo (Charlton), Julian Bennett
(Nottingham Forest), Rob Jones (Scunthorpe), David Prutton (Swindon Town),
Danny Batth (Wolves - loan)

Outs: Tommy Miller (Huddersfield Town),
Gary Teale (St Mirren), Darren Potter (MK Dons), Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock), Michael
Morrison (Charlton), Tommy Spurr (Doncaster), Richard Hinds (Released)

Prediction: Fourth; Play-Offs

 

Sheffield United

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Coach: Danny Wilson

10/11 Season: A nightmare season for The
Blades saw them finish second-bottom of The Championship with just 42 points,
suffering relegation to the third tier of English football for the first time
in 23 years.

Strengths: United's strength lies in their
youth as while their first-team struggled their youngsters reached the FA Youth
Cup final last season and only lost out to Manchester United in the final. If
these players continue to progress then they could prosper in League One.

Weaknesses: Their first-team is an ageing, highly-paid group of players who Wilson is struggling to move on. They certainly
have good experience but will cost the club Championship level wages which they
cannot afford in the league below and the lasting quality of players like Rob
Kozluk, Richard Cresswell and Chris Morgan is coming under question.

Key Man: If Ched Evans stays at the club in
League One the onus will be on him to really perform.  Ever since his pricey move from Manchester
City three years ago he has not regularly found the back of the net, he would
be expected to in this division.

Ins: Chris Porter (Derby County), Lescinel
Jean-Francois (Swindon), Ryan Flynn (Falkirk), Danny Philliskirk (Chelsea)

Outs: Mark Yeates (Watford), Darius
Henderson (Millwall), Jamie Ward (Derby County), Kingsley James (Port Vale),
Phil Roe (Port Vale), Kristoffer Lokberg (Released)

Prediction: Fifth; Play-Offs

 

Brentford

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Coach: Uwe Rosler

10/11 Season: A mid-table eleventh place
finish in the league but they did reach the final of the Johnstone's Paint
Trophy which they narrowly lost to Carlisle.

Strengths: Incoming manager Uwe Rosler has
a wealth of contacts around Europe and has pulled off two impressive coups
already bringing in Shaleum Logan from Manchester City and Niall McGinn on loan
from Celtic.

Weaknesses: The Bees had the worst goal
difference in the top half of League One last season and although Rosler might
improve the goals for column they could struggle at the back this year.

Key Man: The Northern Ireland international
Niall McGinn has been brought in from Celtic and has the potential to make a
real impact in League One, he has pace and is not afraid to take a player on.

Ins: Marcel Eger (St. Pauli), Shaleum Logan
(Manchester City), Niall McGinn (Celtic), Jonathan Douglas (Swindon), Clayton
Donaldson (Crewe)

Outs: Chris Bush (AFC Wimbledon), David
Hunt (Crawley Town), Nicky Forster (Retired), Stephen Wright (Released), David
McCracken (St. Johnstone), Lewis Graban (Rotherham)

Prediction: Sixth; Play-Offs

 

Scunthorpe United

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Coach: Alan Knill

10/11 Season: The Iron continued to yo-yo
between The Championship and League One as they were relegated, finishing 24th
in the second tier. The disruption of losing manager Nigel Adkins to
Southampton during the season did not help.

Strengths: With Alan Knill coming in
towards the end of last season he has got a good idea of the state of his squad
and how we wants them to play which will mean he can hit the ground running at
the start of this campaign.

Weaknesses: Scunthorpe have lost a number
of key players over the last couple of years, first Gary Hooper, Paul Hayes and
Martyn Woolford departed last year and David Mirfin, Joe Murphy and Rob Jones
have exited this summer. Losing six key players in little over a year would
hurt any side.

Key Man: Michael O'Connor is a big
influence in the middle of midfield and is attracting interest from
Championship new boys Peterborough, Scunthorpe will be desperate to keep him so
he can continue to pull the strings in the heart of their team.

Ins: Jordan Robertson (free transfer),
Jimmy Ryan (Accrington Stanley), Andy Barcham (Gillingham)

Outs: David Mirfin (Watford), Joe Murphy
(Coventry), Rory Coleman (Gainsborough), Jonathan Williams (Gainsborough), Josh
Wright (released), Paris Cown-Hall (released), Rob Jones (Sheff Wed), Andy
Hughes (Charlton), Ian Morris (Torquay United)

Prediction: Seventh

 

Charlton Athletic

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Coach: Chris Powell

10/11 Season: A hugely disappointing season
saw The Addicks finish thirteenth after spending much of the first half of the
season in the play-off spots. An 11-match winless run through February and
March really cost them.

Strengths: The Londoners have a big squad
that is full of quality; Bradley Wright-Phillips and Paul Hayes have experience
at a higher level and should not struggle for goals this year.

Weaknesses: Chris Powell is a popular
figure at The Valley but will not remain so for long unless he improves his
managerial record.  He won just six of
his twenty-four games in charge after taking over in January and if that form
continues he will be gone by Christmas. The major squad changes will be
difficult to deal with as well.

Key Man: Bradley Wright-Phillips can be
lethal in this division and was in the League One team of the season last year
for his goal scoring exploits both with Charlton and Plymouth.

Ins: Rhoys Wiggins (Bournemouth), Matt
Taylor (Exeter), Bradley Pritchard (Hayes & Yeading), Danny Hollands
(Bournemouth), Mikel Alonso (Tenerife), Cedric Evina (Oldham), Danny Green (Dag
& Red), Paul Hayes (Preston), Ruben Bover Izquierdo (Real Mallorca),
Michael Morrison (Sheffield Wednesday), Nick Pope (Bury Town), Dale Stephens
(Oldham), John Sullivan (Millwall) 

Outs: Ross Worner (Aldershot), Jose Semedo
(Sheff Wed), Joe Anyinsah (Bristol Rovers), Thierry Racon (Millwall), Carl
Jenkinson (Arsenal)

Prediction: Eighth

 

Leyton Orient

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Coach: Russell Slade

10/11 Season: A great season for The O's
saw them miss out on a play-off spot by just a single place and point, they
also enjoyed a draw with Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Strengths: Slade
is a very experienced campaigner at this level and knows what it takes to
succeed. The central midfield pairing of
captain Stephen Dawson and Matthew Spring is very strong and will provide good
service for new strike partnership Alex Revell and Jamie Cureton.      

Weaknesses: They have lost their top scorer
from last year Scott McGleish and veteran Cureton might be relied upon too
much.  The off-field distractions
surrounding the Olympic Stadium may rumble on as well.

Key Man: Jimmy Smith has promised much for
a while now and showed signs last season of fulfilling his potential at
Brisbane Road, if he can continue to improve he can be one of the best
midfielders in the division.

Ins: Marc Laird (Millwall), Jamie Cureton
(Exeter), Leon McSweeney (Hartlepool), Scott Cuthbert (Swindon), Dave Mooney
(Reading)

Outs: Adam Chambers (Walsall), Andrew Whing
(Oxford), Ryan Jarvis (Walsall), Scott McGleish (Bristol Rovers), Jason Crowe
(released), Aaron Brown (Aldershot), Harry Beautyman (released)

Prediction: Ninth

 

Carlisle United

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Coach: Greg Abbott

10/11 Season: After an impressive start
they slipped down to twelfth place in the league, they did enjoy Wembley
success though winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Strengths: The Cumbrians have some
incredible experience within their squad and the leadership and nouse provided
by the likes of Paul Thirwell, Graham Kavanagh and Peter Murphy will see them
through some testing times.

Weaknesses: Since Gary Madine left for
Sheffield Wednesday half way through last season they struggled a bit for
goals, and failed to score in their last three games. Someone needs to step up
or Abbott will have to bring in a striker.

Key Man: Frank Simek is a very accomplished
defender at this level and an international with USA, now 26-years-old his
performances will be crucial for Carlisle's success.

Ins: Stephen O'Halloran (Coventry), Andy
Welsh (Yeovil), Jon-Paul McGovern (Swindon), Liam Noble (Sunderland-loan)

Outs: Jason Price (Released), Kevan Hurst
(Walsall), Ryan Bowman (Released), Nahki Wells (Released), Marco Gbarssin
(Released)

Prediction: 10th

 

Exeter City

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Coach: Paul Tisdale

10/11 Season: The club's fantastic progress
under Tisdale continued as they finished eighth, just one point off the
play-offs, they also got to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy South final.

Strengths: In Daniel Nardiello they have a
player who on his day can rip defences to shreds in League One. He could form a
great partnership with new signing Guillem Bauza and fire The Grecians to
success.

Weaknesses: Losing key trio Paul Jones,
Matt Taylor and Jamie Cureton is bound to hurt the team, how they replace them
could decide their success.

Key Man: Scott Golbourne has been a major
part of the south-coast side's defence for two seasons now and is very
confident and composed for a player of his age, he can set the tone for the
rest of the defence.

Ins: Lenny Pidgeley (Bradford), Danny Coles
(Bristol Rovers), Guillem Bauza (Northampton), Callum McNish (Southampton),
Nicholas Bignall (Reading - loan)

Outs: Matt Taylor (Charlton), Jamie Cureton
(Leyton Orient), Paul Jones (Peterborough), Ben Watson (Eastbourne), James
Norwood (Forest Green), Joe Heath (Hereford), Jake Thomson (released), James
Woods (released), Paul Tisdale (Retired), Bertrand Cozic (Retired), Rob Edwards
(Retired)

Prediction: 11th

 

Rochdale

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Coach: Steve Eyre

10/11 Season: Rochdale enjoyed another
hugely successful season under Keith Hill last year finishing ninth in League One after promotion, just three points off the
play-offs.

Strengths: The club have made the biggest
strides forwards for decades over the last two years. The promotion to League
One in 2010 was their first for 41 years and a top-half finish signalled
further improvement.  They don't rely
on a specific goal scorer and create goals from all over the pitch.

Weaknesses: The management team that
brought them their recent success has departed for Championship side Barnsley
and this is bound to cause major disruption. Steve Eyre is an enthusiastic
young manager but his job is a tough one to pick up where Keith Hill and David
Flitcroft left off.

Key Man: Captain Gary Jones scored an
impressive 17 goals from midfield last season and is a real driving force for
the team, they will need his leadership on the field with the change of
management.

Ins: Stephen Darby (Liverpool - loan),
Andrew Tutte (Man City), Ashley Grimes (Millwall), Neal Trotman (Preston),
Simon Hackney (Colchester), Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).

Outs: Chris Brown (released), Scott Wiseman
(Barnsley), Matt Done (Barnsley), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers), Robbie
Williams (Plymouth Argyle) Anthony Elding (Grimsby Town)

Prediction: 
12th

 

AFC Bournemouth

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Coach: Lee Bradbury

10/11 Season: Sixth place finish in the
league which took them in to the play-offs but they crashed out to Huddersfield
on penalties in the semi-finals.

Strengths: In Lee Bradbury they have a
young and energetic manager who has continued the good work since the departure
of Eddie Howe, alongside player/assistant-manager Steve Fletcher they form a
hungry management duo.

Weaknesses: The Cherries have lost some key
players as Danny Hollands and Rhoys Wiggins depart for Charlton, captain Jason
Pearce has gone to Portsmouth and Anton Robinson leaves for Huddersfield.  This leaves them having to deal with a big and
disruptive shake-up of the first team. 

Key man: Marc Pugh was a vital part of The
Cherries' midfield in his debut season last year and with the departure of
numerous key men around him it is critical he continues his good goal-scoring
form from midfield, he grabbed himself 12 goals during the last campaign.

Ins: Steven Gregory (Charlton), Darryl
Flahavan (Portsmouth), Scott Malone (Wolves-loan), Adam Barrett (Crystal
Palace), Nathan Byrne (Tottenham-loan)

Outs: Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton), Ben
Williamson (Hyde), Jason Pearce (Portsmouth), Danny Hollands (Charlton), Anton
Robinson (Huddersfield)

Prediction: 13th

 

Oldham

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Coach: Paul Dickov

10/11 Season: An up-and-down season ended
with more downs as The Latics finished in eighteenth position having only won
thirteen games.

Strengths: Dickov has been trying to create
an attractive brand of football at Boundary Park, it was not an easy first season
for him but he has had chance to bed his ideas in and will bring in some more
of his own players and his philosophy might just work out this year.

Weaknesses: They seem quite light up
front.  On paper Reuben Reid and Warren
Feeney could become a very good partnership but Reid has not recreated his form
his he left Rotherham in 2009 and Feeney has been labouring in recent seasons.

Key Man: Newly appointed captain Dean
Furman is a crucial part of the midfield at Oldham and his stunning goal won
Football League Goal of the Year last season. With the added responsibility of
the armband he could continue to improve.

Ins: Zander Diamond (Aberdeen), Matt Smith
(Solihull Motors), Alex Cisak (Accrington Stanley), Jean Yves Mvoto
(Sunderland), Matthew Lund (Stoke City - loan)

Outs: Ritchie Jones (Bradford), Lewis
Alessandra (Morecambe), Reuben Hazell (Shrewsbury), Deane Smalley (Oxford),
Cedric Evina (Charlton), Greg Fleming (Chesterfield), Rod McDonald (Released)

Prediction: 14th

 

Notts County

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Coach: Martin Allen

10/11 Season: County narrowly avoided
relegation last campaign finishing nineteenth and three points outside the
bottom four.  Allen's arrival ended a
long losing streak just in time for them to avoid the drop.

Strengths: Despite finishing nineteenth
last year, County conceded fewer goals than 11 of the clubs above them in League
One and it was this good defensive record that kept them in the league.  

Weaknesses: In comparison the Magpies
scored fewer goals than anyone else in the division averaging exactly a goal a
game. With the likes of Lee Hughes, Karl Hawley, Ben Burgess and Craig Westcarr
in the squad they should not be struggling for goals and Allen will look to get
more out of them this year.

Key Man: Lee Hughes is a striker of real
quality and should be scoring for fun at this level.

Ins: Charlie Allen (Dag & Red), Jeff
Hughes (Bristol Rovers), Hamza Bencherif (Macclesfield), Alan Sheehan
(Swindon), Jude Stirling (MK Dons), Julian Kelly (Reading), Ishmael Demontagnac
(Blackpool)

Outs: Kevin Smith (Queen of the South),
Febian Brandy (released), David Grof (released), Alan Gow (released), Graeme
Lee (released), Njogu Demba-Nyren (released), John Thompson (released).

Prediction: 15th

 

Colchester United

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Coach: John Ward

10/11 Season: An inconsistent season saw
The Us finish nine points off the play-offs in tenth after only winning one of
their last five games.

Strengths: The likes of Kem Izzet, Anthony
Wordsworth and the returning John-Joe O'Toole form a creative midfield that
will make sure Colchester's strikers will be provided with chances.  

Weaknesses: Owner Robbie Cowling has
announced that the playing budget at the club will be cut and that may
encourage some players to jump ship if the opportunity arises.

Key Man: Magnus Okuonghae has recovered
from his ankle injury that has kept him out for eight months and the powerful
defender's return will make a huge difference to the team.

Ins: Tom Eastman (Ipswich), Michael Rose
(Swindon), Karl Duguid (Plymouth Argyle)

Outs: Medy Elito (Dag & Red), Lee
Beevers (released), Conor Powell (released), Simon Hackney (Rochdale), David
Perkins (Barnsley), Sam Corcoran (Released), Morten Knudsen (Released)

Prediction: 16th

 

Chesterfield

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Coach: John Sheridan

10/11 Season: The Spireites dominated
League Two last season and ended up winning it by five points.

Strengths: Chesterfield lost just eight
games last season proving very difficult to beat under Sheridan.  Their experienced midfield of Mark
Allott, Derek Niven, Danny Whitaker and Dwayne Mattis is the heartbeat of the
team.

Weaknesses: The Derbyshire side have lost
their top scorer from last season as 23-goal man Craig Davies has departed for
Barnsley.  Veteran striker Jack Lester is
a cult hero at the club but if he can still cut it in League One is yet to be
seen.

Key Man: Tommy Lee has been an excellent
goalkeeper for Chesterfield in League Two and will have to be on form for them
to prosper in the division above.

Ins: Mark Randall (Arsenal), Greg Fleming
(Oldham Athletic), Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town)

Outs: Shane Redmond (Mansfield), Craig
Davies (Barnsley), Ian Breckin (Released)

Prediction:  17th

 

Yeovil Town

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Coach: Terry Skiverton

10/11 Season: A mid-table position was all
the Glovers could manage last season despite a strong finish to the season
which saw them lose only two of their last twelve games.

Strengths: Yeovil are making very steady
progress in League One having improved on their league position in each of the
last four seasons. Each season they are becoming much more difficult to beat.

Weaknesses: They are another side with a
paper thin squad and have lost some key players in the transfer market.
Top-scorer Dean Bowditch has departed for MK Dons which will be a huge loss, as
will Craig Alcock exiting to Peterborough. 
The Glovers also only find themselves with one registered keeper and
that is goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart.

Key Man: Paul Wotton is an experienced and
influential man in the middle of the park and he needs to stay fit and lead
from the front for his team.

Ins: Gavin Williams (Bristol Rovers),
Anthony Edgar(West Ham), Dominic 
Blizzard (Bristol Rovers), Bondz N'Gala (Plymouth), Kieran Agard
(Everton), Jed Steer (Norwich City - loan), Steve MacLean (Plymouth Argyle)

Outs: Craig Alcock (Peterborough), Andy
Welsh (Carlisle), Dean Bowditch (MK Dons), Adam Virgo (Bristol Rovers), Martin
Gritton (released), Stefan Stam (Hereford), Alex Russell (released), Nathan
Smith (Chesterfield), Danny Fitzsimons (Histon)

Prediction: 18th

 

Wycombe Wanderers

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Coach: Gary Waddock

10/11 Season: Finishing the League Two
season in third place they won promotion with the one point difference from
Shewsbury proving the difference.

Strengths: Conceding just 50 goals last
year was the basis of their successful promotion campaign, the experience of
players like goalkeeper Nikki Bull and centre-back Leon Johnson creating the
bed-rock of the team.

Weaknesses: They have brought in a lot of
players which might disrupt the momentum they had built up from their
promotion. They might put a bit too much pressure on main striker Scott Rendell
as they lack firepower from elsewhere on the pitch.

Key Man: Gareth Ainsworth may have
celebrated his 38th birthday this year but he is still a quality
player at this level and will provide the leadership and confidence necessary
when he finds his team in difficult circumstances.

Ins: 
Elliot Benyon (Swindon - loan), Scott Donnelly (Swnsea - loan), James
Tunnicliffe (Brighton), John Halls (Aldershot), Joel Grant (Crewe), Ben Harding
(Aldershot).

Outs: Lewis Montrose (Gillingham), Alan
Bennett (Cheltenham), Chris Westwood (Wrexham), Kieran Murtagh (Cambridge),
Jon-Paul Pittman (Oxford), Stuart Green (released).

Prediction: 19th

 

Walsall

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Coach: Dean Smith

10/11 Season: The Saddlers spent the entire
previous campaign in and around the relegation zone and just barely avoided the
drop by a single place and point despite losing on the last day of the season.

Strengths: Walsall posses some good
experience in the likes of Jimmy Walker, Jon Macken and Andy Butler which will
be crucial in bringing through their young players which are being thrust in to
the first team.

Weaknesses: They conceded an enormous 75
goals last season and will need to significantly reduce that number if they are
to survive again this year, sorting out their defence will by Smith's priority.

Key Man: mat Sadler has been brought in
from Watford charged with improving Walsall's horrific goal difference, he has
good experience at higher levels and could make a big difference

Ins: Adam Chambers (Leyton Orient), Ryan
Jarvis (Leyton Orient), Kevan Hurst (Carlisle), Mat Sadler (Watford), Lee
Beevers (Colchester), Claude Gnakpa (Luton), David Grof (Notts County), Anton
Peterlin (Plymouth Argyle)

Outs: Matt Richards (Shrewsbury Town),
Clayton McDonald (Port Vale), Steve Jones (Released), Paul Marshall (Released),
Alex Hickman (Released), Aaron Lescott (Released), David Bevan (Released),
Jonny Brian (Released), Darren Byfield (Released), Emmanuel Ledesma (Released),
Sean Geddes (Released), Tim Cooney (Released), Julian Gray (Released), Tom
Williams (Released)

Prediction: 20th

 

Stevenage

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Coach: Graham Westley

10/11 Season: After finishing 11 points off
automatic promotion in sixth, Stevenage came through the play-offs to beat
Torquay in the final and progress to League One.

Strengths: The club has a huge amount of
momentum behind it having gained two successive promotions coming straight up
from the Conference, they have a great spirit in the camp and everyone has
bought into the philosophy of manager Westley.

Weaknesses: As much as they are blessed
with momentum, League One might just prove to be one step too far for the men
from Broadhall Way.  They will not be
able to invest too strongly in the playing squad and they will be relying on
hard-work rather than raw talent at this level.

Key Man: Centre-back Jon Ashton was the
club's player of the season last year and was a vital part of the defence that
conceded the fewest goals in League Two.

Ins: Phil Edwards (Accrington Stanley),
Alan Julian (Gillingham), Jennison Myrie-Williams (free transfer), Guy Madjo
(Free Transfer), Robin Shroot (Free Transfer)

Outs: Ashley Bayes (Basingstoke), Charlie
Griffin (Forest Green), Yemi Odubade (Gateshead), Luke Foster (Rotherham),
Taiwo Atieno (Released), Marvin Williams (Hemel Hempstead), David Bridges (Kettering)

Prediction: 21st; Relegated

 

Tranmere Rovers

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Coach: Les Parry

10/11 Season: A lacklustre season from the
Super Whites saw them finish seventeenth, only a late burst of four wins and a
draw from their last seven games kept them away from relegation.

Strengths: Tranmere's midfield is their
strongest area of the pitch with Andy Robinson and John Welsh providing
experience alongside the promising duo of Ash Taylor and Joss Labadie.

Weaknesses: Their squad is incredibly thin
and the slightest queue in the treatment room would mean the first-team are
down to the bare bones, they need more players but there is no money there for
them.

Key Man: Enoch Showumni is the only player
with any kind of goal scoring pedigree at the club and it is critical that he
finds his shooting boots this season if Tranmere are to do well.

Ins: Owain Fon Williams (Rochdale), Michael
Kay (Sunderland), Robbie Weir (Sunderland), Danny Holmes (TNS)

Outs: Dale Jennings (Bayern Munich), Aaron
Cresswell (Ipswich), Alan Mahon (Released), Sam Morrow (Ross County), Tony
Warner (Released), Jack Mackreth (Released), Maxime Blanchard (Released), Nick
Wood (Released), Marlon Broomes (Released), Joe Collister (Released), Liam
Benson (Colwyn Bay)

Prediction: 22nd; Relegated

Hartlepool United

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Coach: Mick Wadsworth

10/11 Season: An unpredictable season from
Hartlepool saw them finish sixteenth in League One, an admirable achievement
since they did not have a permanent manager throughout the campaign.

Strengths: The Pool seem to have a lot of
belief in their manager and developed a strong sense of togetherness last
season in the face of adversity.

Weaknesses: The signing of Nolberto Solano
may provide a big name but it is an example of another player past his best at
Victoria Park, the likes of Adam Boyd and Ritchie Humphreys have seen better
days.

Key Man: Scott Flinders is a former England
under-20 international, his career has not quite accelerated as expected but he
will have to rediscover his form for a busy campaign.

Ins: Colin Nish (Hibs), Nathan Luscombe
(Sunderland), Nolberto Solano (Hull City), James Poole (Manchester City), Jack
Baldwin (Faversham Town)

Outs: Leon McSweeney (Leyton Orient), Dylan
Purvis (released), Joe Gamble (Limerick), Denis Behan (Limerick), Corey
Greulich (Released), Armann Bjornsson (Released), Fabian Yantorno (Released),
Michael Mackay (Released)

Prediction: 23rd; Relegated

 

Bury

Coach: Richie Barker

10/11 Season: Despite the departure of Alan
Knill with eight games to go of the season, Barker steered the team to six
straight wins and a second place finish in League Two gaining them promotion.

Strengths: Having won six of their last eight
games to clinch promotion they built up a winning mentality under Barker and
will take that in to the new season and the new division.

Weaknesses: Loan stars of last season Nicky
Asoje and Tom Lees have returned to their parent clubs, and key winger Kyle
Bennett has left for Doncaster. Top scorer from last year Ryan Lowe has happily resolved a contract dispute.

Key Man: Ryan Lowe scored 27 goals in
League Two last season and after a journeyman career has finally found a club
that suits him, the challenge will be the step up to League One.

Ins: Mark Hughes (Free transfer), Mark
Cullen (Hull - loan)

Outs: Kyle Bennett (Doncaster), Krishnan
Patel (Released)

Prediction: 24th; Relegated

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