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Up and down in League Two

The basement division of the Football League, League Two, is highly competitive year in year out with teams ensuring they don’t fall through the trap door and into non-league football at one end and at the other, teams desperate for promotion and the opportunity to play some well established and reasonably sized clubs in League One.

Some big clubs have fallen out of the Football League and struggled to come back with the likes of Wrexham FC, Stockport County and Macclesfield Town to name a few still plying their trade in the non-league side of the game.

With this in mind, we take a look at the clubs who look like getting promoted this season and those who unfortunately look like falling out of the Football League.

Firstly at the bottom end of the table, Barnet FC who currently occupy the last place are going to need a miracle to survive. The ‘Bees’ find themselves 7 points adrift of safety and with just 1 win in their last 5 games, they look a team bereft of confidence. The club did this week part company with manager Graham Westley and immediately after announced that Martin Allen would be back in the hot seat for the FIFTH time.

Whether Allen can provide the great escape remains to be seen, but with the club still having to play teams around them this could provide them with a platform for that escape.

The other team in desperate trouble at the wrong end of the table are Chesterfield FC, who like Barnet have gone through a change of manager this season as they bought Jack Lester in to replace Gary Caldwell in September. Despite the change of management the ‘Spireites’ still find themselves in trouble as they are 6 points adrift of Grimsby Town who are just above them in the league table, and with the two sides locking horns in early April it could be the decider as to who ends up going down.

At the top end of the division sees the side with one of, if not the smallest budget in the league flying high. Accrington Stanley finds themselves top of the league 3 points clear of Luton Town with a game in hand and on a run of 9 games unbeaten.

John Coleman’s men have surprised many to be sitting top of the league with just 9 games to go, but having played some attractive attacking football and having 3 players in double figures with goals its hard to deny ‘Stanley’ top spot in the league table. If they can continue the terrific run they have been on then come May they will be lifting the league title.

Luton Town were the early pace-setters in the league but recent form has seen them slip to second place and on a run of 5 games without a victory it will be cause for concern for the ‘Hatters’ supporters, as they would prefer to go up automatically rather than via the playoffs.

If the club can rekindle some of the form that they were in at the start of the season then there is no reason why they can go up automatically and also push Accrington all the way to the wire in terms of who will win the league title.

Wycombe Wanderers occupy the final automatic promotion spot in League Two and find themselves 3 points ahead of the chasing playoff pack. ‘The Chairboys’ have plenty of firepower in their team with Craig Mackail-Smith, Nathan Tyson and Adebayo Akinfenwa but indifferent form in recent times hasnt helped the club consolidate a strong automatic promotion spot.

Just two wins in their last five games will be cause for concern for the Wycombe supporters but with the playing staff they have access to and the fact that they are the leagues second highest goal scorers behind Luton, they will be hoping that they can fire themselves to promotion.

League Two fans let us know who you believe will go up and unfortunately go down this season in the comments section…

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The Spireites should look to sign this prolific striker to fire them to safety

Chesterfield have struggled so far this season as they find themselves in 22nd in the League Two table, but back to back victories have given Jack Lester’s side hope of beating the League Two drop.

Leading goalscorer Kristian Dennis has been linked with a move to Bradford City but the club today have confirmed the offer for the striker was rejected. Dennis who has 14 goals for the club is the only striker to have hit double figures so far this season, and with the club embroiled in a relegation battle his goals are going to be crucial to stay up, but the club are also going to need to add to the strikeforce to help take the goalscoring burden off him.

With this in mind, the club should turn their attention to Ricky Miller.

Ricky Miller – The striker only joined Peterborough United in the summer, but the move hasn’t worked out for him. Having scored 40 goals in the National League for Dover Athletic, it shows that he clearly has natural goalscoring ability and could be the perfect fit for Chesterfield to help them stay in the Football League.

As well as being able to play as the central striker, Miller also offers versatility as he can also operate from wide.

Chesterfield fans would you like to see Ricky Miller at your club? Let us know in the comments section…

3 managers who could take over at Chesterfield

Chesterfield parted company with manager Gary Caldwell after just 8 months in the role as manager. Having been unable to keep the Spireites in League One last season, Caldwell was given the task of building a team capable of an immediate return to English football’s third tier. 

Following just one win this season in eight games though, the Chesterfield board decided to relieve Caldwell of his duties and placed Guy Branston in temporary charge.

We take a look at three potential new candidates to take the Chesterfield hot seat.

Kevin Davies

Despite having no previous managerial experience, Kevin Davies could be seen as a potential replacement to the outgoing Gary Caldwell. Davies is no stranger to the Spireites supporters, having played for the club between 1993 and 1997, before he attracted the attention of Southampton.

Some will say that the club need an experienced manager at the helm to help guide the club up the League Two table, but with Davies having played under the likes of Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce, he is sure to have picked up plenty of quality coaching tips and methods and could be seen as an outsider for the hot seat.

Alan Stubbs

Having started his managerial career in Scotland with Hibernian, Stubbs won the club the Scottish Cup in the 2015-2016 season, their first time in 114 years. After guiding Hib’s to success, he moved South of the border and became the new manager of Rotherham United.

Despite being appointed in June 2016, Stubbs was sacked by the ‘Millers’ in October the same year after losing ten of his fourteen games in charge of the football club. Despite only having a brief spell with Rotherham, the drop down to League Two could re-galvanise his managerial career and he could draw on his success at Hibernian and guide Chesterfield up the League Two table.

Steve Cotterill 

The experienced option for Chesterfield would be to turn to Steve Cotterill. Having had plenty of managerial jobs throughout his career and having worked with plenty of decent names in the game, he could certainly turn the clubs fortunes around and help them back up the League Two table.

Starting his career at Sligo Rovers, Cotterill led the Irish outfit into Europe, before making the move to Cheltenham Town who were at the time of his appointment a Southern Football League Premier Division side. In his first full year with the club though he got them promoted to the Football Conference. After spending five years with the club he moved onto Stoke City, before going on manage the likes of Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.

His most recent post was as Assistant Manager to Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City, but after helping guide the Midlands outfit to safety last season he decided to leave the club despite being asked to stay on in his role.

Chesterfield fans who do you want to see as your new manager and what would they bring to the team? Let us know in the comments section…