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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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McCall Sacked: Is Southend’s Powell Next?

Scunthorpe United sacked Stuart McCall yesterday, following a dismal run of results.

His win rate was 30%, with his loss percentage at 60%, it was this that cost him his job.

He had been at the helm for less than a year, managing The Iron for only 209 days.

209 Days doesn’t sound long and in some ways it’s not, but given that a new manager needs time to get to know his players, implement his ideas, then get the team playing the way he wants, without factoring in injuries and suspensions, then it’s a relatively short period of time.

This prompted speculation that Chris Powell, the manager at Southend, was going to be next.

A surprising factor in McCall’s sacking, is that Scunthorpe, though on a bad run of results, weren’t in the relegation zone. However, as you will have read above the loss ratio was very poor, and on paper 60% looks disastrous both to fans and the board, but when you factor in the well-documented, mitigating circumstances, then perhaps his record shouldn’t be as heavily frowned upon.

Though McCall and Scunthorpe parted company yesterday, Chris Powell at Southend was still in a job, despite suffering a 2-0 defeat to Peterborough at the weekend, a performance in which the players looked lazy and lacklustre.

Comparing the two teams’ records this season, on current form, Southend sit in 20th position, currently safe from relegation, just one place from the 4 teams below them trying to get out of the drop zone. However, they have not scored in their last 2 matches and during March alone have scored just 3 goals, conceding 12.

So whilst the speculation about Powell intensifies, it is worth remembering that Phil Brown, a previous incumbent of the hot seat, went through a similar rough patch during his tenure, so Southend do have a history of sticking by their managers, before pushing the panic button.

Phil Brown was in charge for almost 5 years, Paul Sturrock for 3 years prior, and before him Steve Tilson was in charge for 7 years.

All the named managers were able to achieve stability for a small town club, without massive finances, and kept them in the division they were in, or managed to get the club promoted against this backdrop.

With such a track record,  it could be argued that Powell will have time on his side, and the backing of the board, to help keep Southend afloat.

Appointed in January 2018, he inherited a side low on confidence and had only a couple of months until the seasons end in April to steady the ship.

Add pre-season into the mix and then you come back ready for the rigours of a new season. The fact that Powell hasn’t yet had a full season at the helm could be a major influence in why he is entrusted as club manager.

An organised, efficient manager; he gets his teams organised and hard to break down, so despite the speculation,  Powell could still turn things around.

AFC Wimbledon: Appoint Nick Daws

The name Nick Daws might be familiar to you. Especially if you are a fan or follower of Scunthorpe United (yes the same team who parted company with Stuart McCall yesterday).

Nick Daws has recently been appointed Head of Recruitment at AFC Wimbledon.

When these appointments are made it is usually against the back drop of the manager not knowing anything about it, or if he did, then not being very happy about it and its fair to say that it has been the cause of a few managerial departures.

However, in AFC Wimbledon’s case, it is a case of the opposite being true.

Daws’ appointment was made on the back of AFC Wimbledon trying to broaden their scouting network, following the appointment of Wally Downes back in December. Downes himself has a very good coaching CV, not to mention a wealth of experience, so AFC Wimbledon are fortunate to have him, but for a coach of his calibre, its surprising no one else had offered him a role.

With Nick Daws on board, it means that AFC Wimbledon can now seek to build a ‘profile team’ i.e. one that fits a certain type of player profile. Young fit and hungry, as opposed to the peice meal team which they strung together last year, a team which nearly back fired.

AFC Wimbledon have suffered with inconsistent form, similar to last season, but that has changed in recent weeks and many would still back them to beat the drop.

Daws’ experience will be invaluable, both behind the scenes, which is his primary focus, with establishing a scouting network, but perhaps from time to time on the coaching side, to add his experience to an already well-prepared managment team.

Nick Daws hasn’t managed a football team since leaving Scunthorpe, but his record there was a good one, given that Scunthorpe are known to lose patience with their managers pretty quickly, so for AFC Wimbledon to pick up a coach of his calibre is testament to their board’s desire to push onwards and upwards.

How much do you think Nick Daws can improve AFC Wimbledon?

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 ?

3 potential managers to take the Glanford Park hot seat

Scunthorpe United surprisingly sacked manager Graham Alexander at the weekend after the ‘Irons’ 1-1 draw with Rochdale. Alexander had guided his side to fifth in the League One, but after only picking up 5 points in 8 games the board decided to act and remove Alexander from his role. 

With that in mind we take a look at 3 potential replacements who could take the Glanford Park hot seat.

Uwe Rosler – After doing a terrific job with Fleetwood Town last season, where he guided the ‘Cod Army’ to the League One playoffs, Rosler couldn’t repeat that feat this season with the Fylde Coast outfit deciding to part company with the German.

Despite not having the best of seasons this time around, Rosler more than showed his credentials last term guiding a club to a much higher position than would have been expected of them before a ball was kicked and could be seen as the perfect fit for Scunthorpe.

As a club with a minimal budget compared to some at League One level, Rosler could be the man to get the very best out of the playing staff already at the club without having to go and spend huge money on bringing in reinforcements.

Stuart McCall – A manager who also knows this level of football very well is former Bradford City manager Stuart McCall. Having guided the ‘Bantams’ to the League One playoffs last season, McCall saw his side lose out to Millwall in the final at Wembley Stadium before he was given the axe earlier this season after the club fell 13 points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

Having guided Bradford to the final of the playoffs he certainly knows what is required to get a team to finish within the promotion picture in this league and a move to Glanford Park would see him link up with former ‘Bantam’ Rory McArdle.

Steve McClaren – A man who could be seen as having an outside chance for the post is Steve McClaren. The former England manager would certainly be seen as major coup if Scunthorpe United could entice him to take over as their new manager.

McClaren, certainly brings with him a wealth of experience having managed the likes of Middlesborough, Newcastle United and Derby County to name a few, as well as spending time as Sir Alex Fergusons number two at Manchester United.

He certainly would be a name that would bring a lot of attention to Scunthorpe United but could also be the manager to guide the club into the Championship!

Scunthorpe United fans who would you like to see as your new manager? Let us know in the comments section…