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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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Who Will Replace Derek Adams?

With Plymouth Argyle sacking, or as the club website states “Relieving him of his duties.” Derek Adams, who would be the favourite to replace him.

It’s a strange time of the season to be sacking a manager, who has done so much for a club, that were in League 2 when he took over the reins, leaving Ross County in Scotland to take on the challenge back in 2015.

In total he spent 7 years with Ross County, winning two honours and having a win percentage of around 40% during two spells, it was this that attracted Argyle to appoint him and as a result, he guided the club from League 2 into league, the year after losing the play off final to AFC Wimbledon.

Adams leaves with Plymouth, currently sitting in 21st posistion, on 47 points, the same number as Southend United who are directly above them.

Argyles dreadful run of 5 defeats  in their last 6 league matches have led to this parting of the ways, and in terms of who could take over well their are a few good and more than qualified coaches, who really have nothing to lose, should they take the posistion on.

Chris Powell,the former, Charlton, Derby and Huddersfield manager is a name that springs to mind, having recently left Southend United, but with a good track record in lower league football, having an average win rate of around 41.5% which in this modern age is good, given the restrictive budgets on offer in lower league football.

His teams are always well organised and play football the right way, not always to the liking of the chairman who employ him, because they are looking for quick fixes as opposed to long term success and while he has manged clubs such as Derby and Huddersfield, a shot at a bigger club, in lower league terms anyway, packed with history, could prove an unresistable challenge.

Stuart McCall, is another manager, who has recently left his posistion and Like Powell, has good knowledge and a track record in Lower league football. McCall is vastly experienced and certainly has been successful at the clubs he has managed, though he has a surprising average time of 1.7 months term as a manager, which given his experience is unusual and one wonders if he was given longer, what success would he bring.

He started his managerial career off at Bradford and in total has managed the bantams twice.

Dean Keates Previously of Walsall, is another name, who would be attractive for the Pilgrims, given his extensive knowledge of League 1, having served Walsall with distinction both as a player and a coach, and despite his tenure as a manager only lasting 13 or so months, would possibly be tempted back into management, with the lure of Plymouth, potentially proving to difficult.

 

3 good experienced coaches who, with just 1 game to go, are really in a no lose situation, given that Plymouth have to win to stay up and even then, that may not be enough.

Or could it be that they might turn to north of the border again, given that they have already had success in choosing from the Scottish league previously and choose the Ross County Managerial pairing of Steve Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell.

Which ever way Plymouth Choose to go, it will be a tough challenge for the chosen applicant.

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 ?

Should Plymouth Sack Derek Adams?

We live in world now in football where unfortunately a managers’ tenure can be very short and sweet. Even in the case of Pilgrims boss Derek Adams who has enjoyed big success at Plymouth, one set of bad results and your job is under threat. 

Plymouth sit rock bottom of League One with just one win from eleven games. However Argyle chairman James Brent has this week come out and said he will back manager, Derek Adams, and provide the funds for more signings to help improve results.

It was a massive sigh of relief for the passionate Green and White army when they finally broke free of League Two so it will come as a big disappointment to start the season in such a negative fashion which includes several red cards in the opening games and are they perhaps losing faith in Derek Adams?

At the end of the day these players are paid to put in a performance and there have been far too many bad decisions. For this, you have to feel very sorry for Derek Adams because I’m not sure how much he can be blamed for a players bad decision.

Adams has made some good acquisitions this summer including Lionel Ainsworth from Motherwell and Gregg Wylde from Millwall who have made impacts. The trouble is they aren’t scoring and are leaking far too many at the other end also.

It is definitely too early for me personally to start saying Derek Adams should be sacked and probably deserves at least until Christmas. He could do with bringing in an experienced head in up front. If you look at what Bury have done with Jermaine Beckford, they haven’t had the best of starts but have been blessed with some important goals from the 32 year-old striker that has just kept them afloat.

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*