Sky Bet League Two Season Preview 2017-18
With a new season always comes new hope; a fresh chance for every single team in League Two to make their mark. Whether their main aim is consolidating their place in the football league, or they have loftier ambitions, until 3pm on Saturday 5th August, everyone is equal; statistically speaking at least.
The coming season looks to be shaping up nicely, with newly promoted Forest Green Rovers and Lincoln City keen to make flying starts to their respective campaigns and keep their respective fine runs from last season going as long as possible.
At the other end of the spectrum, for Port Vale, Swindon Town, Chesterfield and Coventry City, getting over the disappointment of their relegation from League One last season has hopefully already been dealt with in pre-season, so they can focus instead on jumping out of the gates this weekend as the fight begins for promotion all over again.
The nearly-men from the last campaign’s playoffs, Luton Town, Exeter City and Carlisle, will all feel that they’ve got unfinished business to pick up where they left off in May, but with so many competitive teams, who will get off to the best start this season?
Battle of the young managers
Only 7 of the 24 head coaches/managers in League Two, at present, are over the age of 45. As anyone who follows football as this level will know, a good young manager can play a significant part in transforming a club’s fortunes (remember Eddie Howe anyone?), and it’s a great platform for coaching talent to cut their teeth. However, nothing comes easy in League Two; so it doesn’t just come down to which clubs have recruited well over the summer and have a bit of tactical nous. In order to be in the promotion fight come next spring, a certain amount of good luck with injuries and the elusive consistency of performance is also required.
Without millions of pounds at their disposal like the top tiers in the English game, League Two clubs are well used to making the most of free transfers and the loan market when it comes to bringing fresh talent into the team, and this summer has been no exception. With a few weeks of the window yet to go, it won’t come as a surprise to fans of any team if there are lots more comings and goings, and keeping hold of promising young players is no mean feat these days.
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