Who will win League 2?

Promotion from League 2 can be difficult as it is one of the more unpredictable leagues and the fact that a lot of teams that are promoted from the Blue Square Premier do really well makes it even more difficult but there are three spots automatically.

The teams that are relegated into League 2 are sometimes inconsistent too and can sometimes become a mid table team and not really make an impact. Experience is vital in this division and the way to win it is by signing players that know what it takes to win matches the hard way.

Rotherham United under former Crawley manager Steve Evans will be the favourites because of the persona of the manager who will do everything for his team to secure the title and obviously knows how to build a squad with his former club getting promoted. They have made some good signings in Ian Sharps who has returned to club and Daniel Nardiello who has at times in his career looked like the player that was good enough to play for Manchester United’s youth team.

Fleetwood Town will be looking to follow in Crawley Town’s footprints by getting two promotions in a row and even though they may be one of the favourites their team may be happy with just challenging for a place in the playoffs seen as though it is their first year in League 2. They have also lots Jamie Vardy who was prolific so they definitely need to find goals from elsewhere.

Chesterfield Town have been relegated back to League 2 and they will be hoping to return to League 1 at the first time of asking but they know this won’t be easy and they will be hoping that young striker Jordan Bowery continues his development and adds to his impressive 12 goals last season. Also they have two very good goalkeepers in Tommy Lee and Richard O’Donnell so if their defence remains tight I think they will get the most clean sheets.

Bristol Rovers didn’t quite perform as well as they would have hoped last season but this year they will be looking to push on and win the league. The loss of Carayol could be massive as he provided a lot to their team and was a constant threat to the opposition but manager Mark McGhee probably made the right decision to let him leave. Matt Harrold, Eliot Richards and Joe Anyinsah will need to play to at least the same level as last year especially Harrold who got 18 goals.

Oxford United should also be considered to be in the mix as they have a very hardworking team and they all seem to want to play for each other which is a very big thing in this division. They may not have that many standout players but they are a good team that have ability and with James Constable and Tom Craddock upfront I expect them to take a lot of their chances this season.

I think it is hard to look past Rotherham United but who knows maybe they won’t quite gel under Steve Evans and not agree with his methods, I can’t see this being the case but if it is then Chesterfield are the team to watch for me.

 

Chesterfield are relegated to League 2

Chesterfield finished 22nd in League 1 this season and got relegated and will therefore be playing in League 2 next year but they have still given their fans some joy this season.

Chesterfield only picked up 42 points from their 46 games

The fans at least got to make the trip to Wembley and see their team lift a trophy which is a fantastic experience for all the fans and players even if the season didn’t go quite as well as hoped. During the season they beat Sheffield Wednesday at home 1-0 which must have given the fans a lot of pride as their rivals from Sheffield went on to win automatic promotion and in recent weeks they beat relegation rivals Wycombe Wanderers 4-0.

The question is can they bounce back from this relegation and return to League 1 at the first time of asking? Well if they stick by their manager John Sheridan which seems very likely, they will have a fantastic chance because he has proven he is a good manager and has more ability than League 2 level. The problem could be if a manager in League 1 gets sacked early on, they may want to give Sheridan the job.

So they have the manager but what about the team? In goal they have Tommy Lee who I rate quite highly because he has produced some stunning saves and will be vital to the squad next season if he stays because there is no doubt he will have teams looking at them as he is better than a lot of League 1 goalkeepers. The defence may need improving though because it wasn’t the greatest and conceded 81 goals throughout their league campaign. But Neal Trotman who was signed permanently in January after an initial loan spell should perform better in League 2 and could even become captain next season.

From the midfield they should get goals as Danny Whitaker has very good instincts and knows when to arrive late in the box. In his Chesterfield career he has scored 23 goals for the club including eight this season which is a good record for a midfielder. Alongside him in the midfield they have Mark Allott who does a lot of the work that goes unnoticed and he does a good job in front of the back four.

In the striking department they do have a good mix of youth and experience. They have Jordan Bowery who at just the age of just 20 has played over 100 games for the club but this has been his real breakthrough season. He has played 48 games this year and has scored 12 goals so if they can hold onto him, I believe he could finish as top scorer in League 2 next season and could interest a lot of clubs in the future and may even have the ability to play in the Premier League one day. Craig Westcarr alongside him up top also added 11 goals this season with eight of them coming in the league. His pace will cause a lot of teams problems and will be a massive threat next season.

The Chesterfield fans have a lot to look forward to next season if they can keep the squad together and this relegation experience may actually do them some good. The fans need to make sure they are right behind the manager and the players because they are a good team but underperformed this year and I personally think it was just a bad year and they will come back stronger.