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9nufc9
04-08-2006, 05:15 AM
Here is the preview for League Two from Skysports...


Accrington Stanley - 7th

After nearly half a century Accrington are back in the league and a promotion campaign is genuinely not beyond them. Manager John Coleman has enhanced his squad and with the likes of Romuald Boco and Gary Roberts already at his disposal a play-off berth is not out of the question.

PREDICTED POSITION: 7th
STAR MAN: Robbie Williams
ONE TO WATCH: Romuald Boco
SKYBET ODDS: 20/1
INS: Andy Todd (Burton Albion), Sean Doherty (Port Vale), Julian N'da (Rouen FC)
OUTS: Steve Jagielka (released), Danny Alcock, Mark Boyd (both Southport)

Barnet - 24th

A long season beckons for the boys from North London. Manager Paul Fairclough works on a very tight budget at Underhill, but he may have to be produce some real magic to keep The Bees out of trouble.

PREDICTED POSITION: 24th
STAR MAN: Andy Hessenthaler
ONE TO WATCH: Paolo Vernazza
SKYBET ODDS: 66/1
INS: Lee Harrison (Peterborough), Paolo Vernazza (Rotherham), Nicky Nicolau (Swindon) Andy Hessenthaler
OUTS: Simon Clist, Damian Batt, Ben Strevens, Lee Roache, Dwane Lee, Ben Bowditch, Louis Soares, Luke Hickie (all released), Stev Angus (Torquay)

Boston United - 10th

Steve Evans has again not been shy in the transfer market and The Pilgrims look strong. Former Doncaster pairing Mark Albrighton and Tim Ryan could be a couple of key arrivals to go with the likes of Julian Joachim and Chris Holland.

PREDICTED POSITION: 10th
STAR MAN: Julian Joachim
ONE TO WATCH: David Farrell
SKYBET ODDS: 25/1
INS: Mark Albrighton (Doncaster), Tim Ryan (Peterborough), Francis Green (Lincoln), Anthony Elding (Stevenage), David Farell (Peterborough), Andy Marriott (Torquay), Paul Tait (Rochdale), Ritchie Ryan (Scunthorpe)
OUTS: Alan White, Austin McCann, Lawrie Dudfield (all Notts County), Steve Melton, Danny Thomas (released)

Bristol Rovers - 9th

One of the strongest sides in the division, but again that elusive promotion bid may prove too much for them. Whether they manage to hang on to leading marksman Junior Agogo could be key to their chances.

PREDICTED POSITION: 9th
STAR MAN: Junior Agogo
ONE TO WATCH: Ryan Green
SKYBET ODDS: 14/1
INS: Ryan Green (Hereford), Andy Sandell (Bath), Ollie Barnes (Bristol City), Steve Phillips (Bristol City)
OUTS: Christian Edwards (retired), Jamie Forrester (Lincoln), Ben Wiltshire, Martin Horsell, Jon Bass, Mark Preece, Matt Thorne (all released)

Bury - 23rd

Not a massive turnaround of staff at Gigg Lane and Chris Casper has a number of bright prospects at his disposal. The former Manchester United stopper will have safety down as his number one priority.

PREDICTED POSITION: 23rd
STAR MAN: Brian Barry-Murphy
ONE TO WATCH: Tom Kennedy
SKYBET ODDS: 50/1
INS: Andy Bishop (York), Richie Baker (Preston), Alan Fettis (Macclesfield), Marc Goodfellow (Grimsby)
OUTS: Neil Edwards, Craig Dootson, Jon Newby, Allan Smart, Steve Burke, Russell Hitchen, Vassos Theophanous (all released)

Chester City - 8th

One of the busiest teams in the transfer market from any division and on paper Mark Wright looks to have made some quality signings - former Swansea ace Roberto Martinez is proven quality and could inspire a promotion push.

PREDICTED POSITION: 8th
STAR MAN: Jermaine McSporran
ONE TO WATCH: Jon Walters
SKYBET ODDS: 20/1
INS: John Danby (Kidderminster), Glenn Cronin (Exeter), Ashley Westwood (Northampton), Paul Linwood (Tranmere), Simon Marples (Doncaster), Phil Bolland (Peterborough), Dean Bennett (Wrexham), Jon Walters (Wrexham), Kevin Sandwith (Macclesfield), Drewe Broughton (Rushden & Diamonds), Jermaine McSporran (Doncaster), Graham Allen (Rushden & Diamonds), Jamie Hand (Watford)
OUTS: Ben Davies (Shrewsbury), Paul Tait (Boston), Wayne Brown (Hereford), Carl Regan (Macclesfield), Tom Curtis (Notts County), Chris McKenzie (Shrewsbury), Ryan Brookfield, Luke Dimech, Abdou El Kholti, Stuart Drummond, Scott Harrison, Craig McNiven, Craig Dove, Justin Walker (all released)

Darlington - 3rd

Darlington look like being real heavyweights in League Two this season and a title challenge is on the cards. The signings of Ex-Norwich striker Gaetano Giallanza and Michael Cummins from Port Vale by David Hodgson look amongst the best pieces of business in the division.

PREDICTED POSITION: 3rd
STAR MAN: Gaetano Giallanza
ONE TO WATCH: Michael Cummins
SKYBET ODDS: 12/1
INS: Gaetano Giallanza (unattached), Patrick Collins (Sheffield Wednesday), Martin Smith (Northampton), Michael Cummins (Port Vale), Barry Conlon (Barnsley)
OUTS: David McGurk (York), Matt Clarke (Bradford), Ryan Valentine (Wrexham), Akpo Sodje (Port Vale), Joe Kendrick, Matty Appleby, Adrian Webster, Guy Bates, Jonjo Dickman (all released)

Grimsby Town - 17th

The Mariners missed the boat last season and will struggle to match last season's form, having lost key figures such as Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, Steve Mildenhall and Rob Jones as well as manager Russell Slade. Looks like a season of consolidation for Graham Rodger.

PREDICTED POSITION: 17th
STAR MAN: Peter Beagrie
ONE TO WATCH: Isaiah Rankin
SKYBET ODDS: 14/1
INS: Peter Beagrie (Scunthorpe), Gary Harkins (Blackburn), Phil Barnes (Sheffield United), Isaiah Rankin (Brentford)
OUTS: Marc Goodfellow (Bury), Rob Jones (Hibs, undisclosed), Thomas Pinault (Brentford), Steve Mildenhall, Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, John Lukic, Glen Downey, Jermain Palmer (all released)

Hartlepool United - 4th

Danny Wilson takes over a very solid looking side at Victoria Park, having managed to avoid big departures this summer. If they can keep Australian Joel Porter fit then he, along with some of their bright young stars, could have a big say in the promotion battle.

PREDICTED POSITION: 4th
STAR MAN: Michael Nelson
ONE TO WATCH: Joel Porter
SKYBET ODDS: 12/1
INS:
OUTS: Chris Llewllyn (Wrexham), Darren Craddock (York), Neil Wilkinson, Steven Istead, Jack Wilkinson, Hugh Robertson, James Winter, Andy Appleby (all released)

Hereford United - 19th

A welcome return to the league for The Bulls and manager Graham Turner has enough about him to steer them clear of the drop zone although a second successive promotion bid looks beyond them.

PREDICTED POSITION: 19th
STAR MAN: Alan Connell
ONE TO WATCH: Gareth Sheldon
SKYBET ODDS: 25/1
INS: Richard Rose (Gillingham), Jon Wallis (Gillingham), Tim Sills (Oxford), Glyn Thompson (Shrewsbury), Gareth Sheldon (Kidderminster), Wayne Brown (Chester), Phillip Gulliver (Rushden & Diamonds), Alan Connell (Torquay)
OUTS: Craig Stanley, Adam Stansfield, Daniel Carey-Bertram, Ryan Green, Jamie Pitman, Stacy Coldicott, Tony James, Guy Ipoua (all released)

Lincoln City - 16th

Lincoln have long been erstwhile promotion candidates in League Two, but this season may not herald such success as previous years. New coach John Schofield will not have an easy job in his first year of management.

PREDICTED POSITION: 16th
STAR MAN: Jamie Forrester
ONE TO WATCH: Mark Stallard
SKYBET ODDS: 20/1
INS: Jamie Forrester (Bristol Rovers), Adie Moses (Crewe), Mark Stallard (Shrewsbury), Ryan Semple (Peterborough)
OUTS: Francis Green (Boston), Jamie McCombe (Bristol City), Simon Yeo (Peterborough), Gareth McAuley (Leicester), Marvin Robinson (Macclesfield)Jude Stirling (Peterborough), Steve Robinson, Chris Gordon, Matt Bloomer, Derek Asamoah (all released)

Macclesfield Town - 21st

Brian Horton is a master tactician and he will have to be at his best next term. Much will depend on his new signings but The Silkmen do not look as strong as they have in recent seasons.

PREDICTED POSITION: 21st
STAR MAN: Martin Bullock
ONE TO WATCH: Alan Navarro
SKYBET ODDS: 40/1
INS: Jonny Brain (Port Vale), Tommy Lee (Manchester United), Carl Regan (Chester), Marvin Robinson (Lincoln City) Colin Heath (Chesterfield), Alan Navarro (Accrington), Matty McNeil (Hyde)
OUTS: Alan Fettis (Bury), Danny Whittaker (Port Vale), Paul Harsley (Port Vale), Mark Bailey, Kevin Sandwith, Kevin Townson, Neil Briscoe, Neil Morgan, Tim Deasy, Clyde Wijnhard (all released)

Mansfield Town - 12th

Peter Shirtliff has made some interesting signings and The Stags could prove tricky opponents this term. The Boulding brothers look an intriguing double signing, while Matt Hamshaw offers other quality from midfield.

PREDICTED POSITION: 12th
STAR MAN: Matt Hamshaw
ONE TO WATCH: Alex Baptiste
SKYBET ODDS: 25/1
INS: Matt Hamshaw (Stockport County), John Mullins (Reading), Carl Muggleton (Chesterfield)
OUTS: Kevin Pressman (retired), Jason Talbot (Port Vale), Adam Rundle (Rochdale), Rhys Day (Aldershot), Gus Uhlenbeek, Fraser McLachan, Kyle Jacobs, Allan Russell (all released)

Milton Keynes Dons - 2nd

The MK Dons were hugely disappointed to sink into League Two, but a promotion campaign is surely in the offing. Bringing Martin Allen in as boss could very well be a master-stroke for The Buckinghamshire side.

PREDICTED POSITION: 2nd
STAR MAN: Jon-Paul McGovern
ONE TO WATCH: Drissa Diallo
SKYBET ODDS: 8/1
INS: Jon-Paul McGovern (Sheffield Wednesday), Drissa Diallo (Sheffield Wednesday), Sean O'Hanlon (Swindon Town), Joe Tillen (Chelsea), Jamie Smith (Bristol City), John Hastings (Tooting & Mitcham)
OUTS: Malvin Kamar, Nick McKoy (both Cardiff)

Notts County - 14th

Magpies boss Steve Thompson has brought in a virtual whole new starting XI and although there is some quality there it looks like too much to ask for a promotion push this time around.

PREDICTED POSITION: 14th
STAR MAN: Tcham N'Toya
ONE TO WATCH: Lawrie Dudfield
SKYBET ODDS: 20/1
INS: Saul Deeney (Burton Albion), Tom Curtis (Chester), Junior Mendes (Huddersfield), Tcham N'Toya (Chesterfield), Austin McCann (Boston), Gary Silk (Portsmouth), Stephen Hunt (Colchester), Alan White (Boston), Jason Lee (Northampton), Matt Somner (Aldershot), Lawrie Dudfield (Boston), Ian Ross (Sheffield United)
OUTS: Steve Palmer, Steve Scoffham, Lewis McMahon, Emmet Fiars (all released), Julien Baudet (Crewe), Chris Palmer (Wycombe)

Peterborough United - 13th

Keith Alexander worked wonders at Lincoln City, but he looks to have his work cut out at London Road. Oldham pair Guy Branston and Richard Butcher will certainly add quality to the spine of the team, but it may not be enough.

PREDICTED POSITION: 13th
STAR MAN: Danny Crow
ONE TO WATCH: Richard Butcher
SKYBET ODDS: 14/1
INS: Richard Butcher, Guy Branston (both Oldham), Justin Richards (Woking), Jude Stirling, Simon Yeo (both Lincoln)
OUTS: Peter Kennedy, Lee Harrison (both released), Dave Farrell (Boston), Richard Logan (Weymouth), Sean St Ledger (Preston, undisclosed), Alain Haine (Huntington), Ryan Semple (Lincoln), Tim Ryan (Boston)

Rochdale - 22nd

Steve Parkin has not been able to make all the signings he would have wanted, but Dale will be hoping to do all they can to beat the drop. Star man Rickie Lambert will again be crucial to their hopes.

PREDICTED POSITION: 22nd
STAR MAN: Rickie Lambert
ONE TO WATCH: Gary Jones
SKYBET ODDS: 40/1
INS: Adam Rundle (Mansfield)
OUTS: Neil Briscoe, Lee Cartwright, Scott Warner, Ben Kitchen, Blair Sturrock, Alan Goodall, Tommy Jaszczun, Tony Gallimore (all released), Gareth Griffiths (retired)

Shrewsbury Town - 5th

Shrewsbury have made some key signings, particularly Chester duo Stuart Drummond and Ben Davies. With their defence and midfield looking very good, attack could prevent a real promotion push although they will hope Andy Cooke can rejuvenate himself at Gay Meadow.

PREDICTED POSITION: 5th
STAR MAN: Andy Cooke
ONE TO WATCH: Ryan Esson
SKYBET ODDS: 20/1
INS: Ryan Esson (Aberdeen), Dave Williams (Yeovil), Ben Davies (Chester), Chris McKenzie (Chester), Stuart Drummond (Chester), Danny Hall (Oldham) Andy Cooke (Bradford)
OUTS: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Mark Stallard (Lincoln), Stuart Whitehead (released)

Stockport County - 18th

Jim Gannon worked wonders at Stockport last term in keeping them up and although they should not be dragged into another relegation battle, they are likely to be closer to the bottom than they are to the top.

PREDICTED POSITION: 18th
STAR MAN: Tony Dinning
ONE TO WATCH: Tes Bramble
SKYBET ODDS: 25/1
INS: Michael Rose (Yeovil), Tony Dinnnig (Port Vale), Jason Taylor (Oldham)
OUTS: Matt Hamshaw (Mansfield), Ross Greenwood (York), Danny Boshell, David Beharall, Harpal Singh, Mickael Wolski, Zeke Tomlinson, Jamie Kay (all released)

Swindon Town - 6th

The Robins are arguably the biggest hitters in League Two and they have the most high profile boss in Dennis Wise. Promotion is by no means certain but they should be in the shake-up.

PREDICTED POSITION: 6th
STAR MAN: Adie Williams
ONE TO WATCH: Christian Roberts
SKYBET ODDS: 8/1
INS: Andy Monkhouse (Rotherham), Jamie Vincent (Yeovil), Adie Williams (Coventry), Fola Onibuje (Cambridge), Curtis Weston (Millwall), Phil Smith (Crawley)
OUTS: Rhys Evans (Blackpool), Jamie Cureton (Colchester), Matt Bulman, Kyle Lapham, Kris Taylor, Steve Jenkins, Paul Smith, Stefani Milioranzi (all released), Sean O'Hanlon (MK Dons)

Torquay United - 20th

Another tough looking campaign for The Gulls. Ian Atkins has done his best with the resources available, but the loss of key players like Tony Bedeau and Jo Kuffour could really hurt them.

PREDICTED POSITION: 20th
STAR MAN: Micky Evans
ONE TO WATCH: Chris McPhee
SKYBET ODDS: 40/1
INS: Lee Andrews (Carlisle), Steven Reed (Yeovil), Jamie Ward (Aston Villa), Mickey Evans (Plymouth), Lee Thorpe (Swansea), Lee Mansell (Oxford), Stev Angus (Barnet)
OUTS: Tony Bedeau (Walsall), Jo Kuffour (Brentford), Andy Marriott, James Sharp, Alan Connell, Anthony Lloyd, Morike Sako, Alex Lawless, Richard Hancox, Paul Robinson, Brian McGlinchey, James Bitner, Liam Coleman (all released)

Walsall - 1st

The Midlands outfit look very solid indeed and they have made some excellent signings including Caribbean trio Tony Bedeau, Clayton Ince and Hector Sam - promotion bid looks almost certain under new boss Richard Money.

PREDICTED POSITION: 1st
STAR MAN: Martin Butler
ONE TO WATCH: Hector Sam
SKYBET ODDS: 12/1
INS: Clayton Ince (Coventry), Michael Dobson (Brentford), Martin Butler (Rotherham), Tony Bedeau (Torquay), Hector Sam (Port Vale)
OUTS: Daryl Taylor (Bournemouth), Michael Standing, Simon Osborn, Andy Oakes, Taiwo Atieno, Dean Coleman (all released)

Wrexham - 15th

Denis Smith will have been happy not to lose some of his prized assets as the club emerge from administration. A promotion bid does look unlikely although they could make a push for the top half if new signings Neil Roberts and Chris Llewellyn combine well.

PREDICTED POSITION: 15th
STAR MAN: Dennis Lawrence
ONE TO WATCH: Chris Llewellyn
SKYBET ODDS: 20/1
INS: Chris Llewellyn (Hartlepool), Neil Roberts (Doncaster), Steve Evans (TNS), Ryan Valentine (Darlington), Juan Ugarte (Crewe)
OUTS: Jon Walters (Chester), Andy Holt (Northampton), Dean Bennett, Jim Whitley, Dave Bayliss, Alex Smith (all released)

Wycombe Wanderers - 11th

The Chairboys looked odds-on for promotion last term, only to collapse late on. A play-off push is within reach for Paul Lambert's charges - but it may just elude them this time around.

PREDICTED POSITION: 11th
STAR MAN: Kevin Betsy
ONE TO WATCH: Tommy Mooney
SKYBET ODDS: 8/1
INS: Chris Palmer (Notts County), Sam Stockley (Colchester), Anthony Grant (Chelsea)
OUTS: Roger Johnson (Cardiff), Clint Easton (Gillingham), Joe Burnell (Northampton), Charlie Griffin (Forest Green), Rob Lee, Danny Senda (both released)


Certainly a few surprise predictions in there. Accrington at 7 is one, seems a bit first season up, but i suppose it can be done, just have to look at Carlisle.

Not sure if Walsall will finish 1st. Not with Richard Money at the helm anyway. He plays the long ball to much, doesnt bring the best out of the players.

I thought Wrexham were supposed to be up around the playoffs? Down at 15th is a big call.

Darren Addick
04-08-2006, 12:13 PM
Hmmmm Very strange predictions there. I know u said they were from sky sports but do u know what pundit made them mate?

9nufc9
04-08-2006, 12:17 PM
Here (http://home.skysports.com/list.asp?hlid=407620&CPID=12&clid=888&lid=6&title=League+Two+season+preview) is the link to the site.

It doesnt actually say by who but it says "By Graeme Bailey" under the article heading. Not sure if he wrote it or just put it on the site...

steve020
06-08-2006, 07:05 PM
I wouldnt be surprised if they were done by Chris Kamara

steve020
06-08-2006, 08:31 PM
Im surprised that Grimsby have been predicted 17th i thought they would be there are therabouts this season.

9nufc9
07-08-2006, 02:36 AM
Could be a long season for Bristol according to the preview. Has them predicted at 9th, while Boro at 13th. Boro hammered them! Anyway only early days so far.