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Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

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League One: 11 Teams & an 8 point battle

As we near the business end of the season in the English Football League One, there are 11 teams, seperated by just 8 points.

8 points might not sound a lot given the previous relegation history of this league, but this has been no ordinary season in this league.

It has given us everything including drama, unexpected results, upturns in form, managerial changes, some good some bad and some just inspired.

From Bristol Rovers in 13th Position on 44 points, down to Bradford City, who this week took over from AFC Wimbledon as the strong men of the division, on 36 points, it could be said that none of the teams from 13th, down to 20th are considered safe, by any stretch.

Bristol Rovers, Scunthorpe , AFC Wimbledon, Rochdale and Bradford, among these teams have changed managers this term, with Bradford and Rochdale , being the latest to change, though it could be said, that in Bradford’s case, the appointment of Gary Bowyer, is their 4th Managerial change this season, with history not favoring relegated teams who change manager more than once.

Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon, appointed managers who have fresh innovative ideas and this has been reflected in these two clubs upturn in form, both previous occupants of the bottom slot, Rovers now occupy 13th, with AFC Wimbledon sitting in 22nd position and just 3 points away from the teams directly above them.

In fact a win at home to Gillingham on Saturday, would potentially see the ‘Dons climb out of the bottom 4, which would represent a total turn around in fortunes.

Previous seasons have seen 50 points being the safety mark to avoid relegation, but given the unpredictable nature of results this season, and with just 8 games to go, it is quite conceivable that less than 50 points will be enough this season?

Either way, it promises to be a very exciting and potentially nerve-wracking end to an incredible season.

Who do you think will survive this season ?

A league two manager, The man to save the Gills?

Gillingham have endured a torrid start to the season in League One as they sit in 23rd place having gained just seven points from eleven games. Gillingham parted ways with former manager Ady Pennock on the 25th September and it seems that they have found their next manager.

 

Mansfield Town have confirmed on their official Twitter that they have rejected an approach from Gillingham for their manager Steve Evans.

 

Evans has has a great spell at Mansfield turning them into promotion candidates in less than a year with the club. If Gillingham manage to lure Evans then they will be gaining a manager who has vast experience including stints Leeds and Rotherham in the Championship.

 

For me Evans would be a great appointment for The Gills as he is a man that know the league well and can adapt under pressure. Should he sign January will be massive for the club and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gillingham challenging for Promotion as we are only eleven games in.

 

For Mansfield they are obviously reluctant to let Evans go and so they should be as they’re in a great position at the moment and their season could be disrupted should he go. If Mansfield can’t find a replacement then I can’t see Evans leaving the club.

 

Would Evans be a good fit for Gillingham? Let us know in the comments section below…

3 managers that could take the Gillingham hot seat!

Gillingham manager Ady Pennock has today left the Kent outfit by mutual consent. With the club languishing in 22nd position in the league table and just 1 win in their opening 9 games, the Gills board felt a change of direction was necessary. 

Director of Football Peter Taylor will oversee the day to day running of the team until a permanent successor to Pennock is found. With that in mind, we take a look at 3 potential candidates for the job.

Nolberto Solano

Joint early front-runner with Peter Taylor is former Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano. Having had previous managerial experience in Peru with Universito de Deportes where he guided the club to the top half of the table after taking over when they were in the relegation zone, Solano showed that he has some credentials as a manager.

Whether he can transfer those credentials he showed in Peru to an English team will be the question on everybody’s lips, but he obviously has a terrific chance to showcase his skills being the front-runner for the job.

Chris Powell

Somebody who knows League One well is Chris Powell. The former Charlton Athletic manager guided the Addicks out of the league as champions back in the 2011-2012 season and finished a very respectable 9th in his first season in the Championship with the London outfit.

Since his time at the Valley, Powell has gone on to manage Huddersfield Town and was the caretaker manager at Derby County in between the tenures of Nigel Pearson and Steve McClaren.

With Gillingham sitting in the relegation zone of League One, Powell could be the perfect appointment for the club as he knows what is needed to get a team out of this league.

Billy Davies

 

An experienced manager could be exactly what Gillingham need to turn their fortunes around. Having previously had spells with Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Preston North End and Motherwell, Billy Davies has a wealth of experience and has had some success at certain clubs he has been at.

Having taken Preston North End to the brink of the Premier League only losing out in the playoff final in 2005, he then went on to go one better with Derby County as they defeated West Bromwich Albion in the final and ended a five-year absence from English football’s top league.

Having had success in the Championship, Davies could look to use his experience in League One, and help transform Gillingham.

Gillingham fans who do you want to see take charge of your team next? Let us know in the comments section…

 

Checkatrade Trophy: Is The Format Working?

Last season the EFL brought in a new format for the old Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and really it hasn’t helped teams in lower leagues. The new format encourages teams in the Premier League and the Championship to submit an Under 21’s squad into the competition. So is this format still a good idea?

The final of last season’s Checkatrade trophy was between Coventry and Oxford and broke the attendance record for the competition with 74,434, but all of last season the attendance figures at games across the competition was still low, Peterborough United as an example had an attendance of 1696 at their game against Norwich Academy which is a 4,000 less then their average attendance last season.

Last season as well clubs got fined for not fielding full strength squads,  on the 16th November Luton Town and Portsmouth were fined £15,000 for breaching this rule for all three of their group games, whereas Bradford, Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, MK Dons, Millwall, Charlton, Peterborough, Sheffield United and Southend all got fined £3,000 and Fleetwood were fined £5,000. That doesn’t sound like a lot to big clubs but in lower levels it is a lot to those clubs.

The group format is a nice new addition to the competition but for me I think if you took out participation from the Under 21’s it would be a good competition for lower league clubs and will hopefully increase ticket sales for the clubs as that can help boost finances. They also need to remove the full strength squad rule as fining teams for putting different squads out isn’t fair on teams that need to make sure people in their team stay fit and get a chance to show what they’re worth.

*Feature image courtesy of EFL.com*