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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…

3 managers that could take the Port Vale hot seat next!

Port Vale parted company with manager Michael Brown following the clubs 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. The ‘Valiants’ relegated to League Two last season, have only managed to pick up 4 points from a possible 24 so far this season, and find themselves rock bottom of the Football League. 

Despite receiving the backing from CEO Colin Garlick on Friday, the draw wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and Port Vale are on the look out for there fourth manager in just three years.

We take a look at three possible candidates to take the managers job at Vale Park.

Justin Edinburgh

Favourite with some of the bookies to get the job, Justin Edinburgh hasn’t long been out of the game as he was sacked by Northampton Town at the end of August. Having had experience at this level in the past with Newport County, where he led them to 17th position in his first season in the football league, Edinburgh has since gone on to have further Football League experience in League One.

Following his tenure at Newport County, Edinburgh went onto Gillingham and then Northampton Town. Despite struggling at the start of this season with Northampton, dropping down a league could benefit Edinburgh and Port Vale and give him the chance to re-galvanise his managerial career and also kick start Port Vale’s season.

Owen Coyle 

An outsider for the job for sure, but an experienced appointment could be exactly what Port Vale need to help them turn their form around. Owen Coyle has been out of work since he was sacked by Blackburn Rovers earlier this year, but his CV is one that has plenty of past experience at a higher level.

He will be remembered most for his time at Burnley, where he led the Clarets to the Premier League in 2009 following there play-off final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley stadium. He left Burnley to join Bolton Wanderers and managed to lead the ‘Trotters’ to Premier League safety and also led the club to the FA Cup Semi-Final but lost out to Stoke City losing 5-0.

If Port Vale are looking for someone who has been there and done it at a higher level and could provide useful experience, then Owen Coyle could be the man for the job.

Martin Allen

Someone who has plenty of Football League experience, having managed 7 clubs in English football’s top four divisions, Allen found success at Barnet. In his third spell at the club he kept them in League Two on the last day of the season, and then returned to the ‘Bees’ when they were in the National League in 2014 and managed to bring them back up to League Two.

Having managed plenty of clubs in the Football League and having kept Barnet in League Two, Allen could be seen as a suitable candidate to get Port Vale out of trouble and keep them in the league this season, before pushing on next campaign.

Port Vale fans who do you want to see as your clubs new manager? Let us know in the comment section…