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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.

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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…

2017/2018 best League One XI?

With the summer transfer window officially closed, we now know all the official squads in League One, before the clubs go through it all again in January. With that in mind we take a look at what we think is the best League One XI right now.

Alex Cairns – Goalkeeper

The 24 year old shot stopper had an incredible season last term, helping Fleetwood Town get to the Play-Off semi finals. The season so far he has had 3 clean sheets in all competitions and it looks like he is definitely going to be a useful asset for the ‘Cod Army’.

Luke Leahey – Right fullback

The Walsall fullback has settled right into League One football after making the move from Falkirk. Having found the net on 2 occasions already and provided 3 assists for his team, the fullback is proving to be a very useful addition to the Walsall squad.

Dan Burn – Central defender

The Wigan centre half has been ever present in the league for the ‘Latics’ so far this season. With the club only conceding 2 goals in that time and the fact that Burn has been at the heart of the defence, he looks to be a solid player for Wigan and they are going to take some breaking down at the back when he plays.

Rory McArdle – Central defender (C)

Having only signed for Scunthorpe in the summer, Rory McArdle has become a huge player for the club as they have managed to keep 3 straight clean sheets. Given the captains armband upon his arrival to Glanford Park, McArdle has bought some key experience to the back four and looks to have been a terrific signing by Graham Alexander.

Charlie Mulgrew – Left fullback

The fullback that can be utilised in midfield as well, has had a terrific start the League One campaign as he has found the back of the net on 3 occasions. Having to fend off interest for the Scottish international in the summer from Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn look to have kept a key player in their ranks.

Jake Forster-Caskey – Central midfielder

The Charlton midfielder has started the season off well as he has got 2 goals and 2 assists in his opening 5 matches. Having played every minute of every game in the league also, shows just how highly rated he is by manager Karl Robinson.

Sean Longstaff – Central midfielder

Could definitely be a player to watch out for in the future! Having joined Blackpool on loan from Newcastle, Longstaff has hit the ground running straight away as he has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist for the Tangerines, which has seen them to 7th place in the league.

Nick Powell – Central midfielder

A key player in the Wigan midfield, Powell has scored 3 goals and got 1 assist already this season and looks like his tally will continue to rise all season. Having opened his account against MK Dons, Powell added a brace against Bury showing that he could be a real gem this season.

Erhun Oztumer – Attacking midfielder (Right)

By far Walsall’s best player last season! Erhun Oztumer found the back of the net 15 times last season and provided 7 assists in all competitions. Oztumer also leads the clubs goal scoring charts again this season with 3 goals, and looks like he is going to be in terrific form again this season.

Josh Morris – Attacking midfielder (Left)

This man is a goal machine! Having found the back of the net on 20 occasions last season and providing 19 assists in all competitions, its hard to believe he didn’t move to a club in a higher division over the summer. Starting this season off in fine form, Morris has already scored 4 goals and looks like he’s going to be a real handful again.

Jack Marriott – Striker

Having joined Peterborough from Luton over the summer, I don’t think anybody quiet believed that Marriott would start the season in the fashion that he has done. Scoring 6 goals in 5 League One matches has fired ‘Posh’ to the top of the table. If Marriott carries on scoring goals week in week out he certainly gives Peterborough every chance of being in the promotion picture come May.

Manager: Uwe Rosler 

The Fleetwood manager worked wonders last season with a young squad and a small budget, and with the ‘Cod Army’ just outside the play-offs currently and having played a game less than most of those around them, they look like they could have a terrific season again this time around.

What are your thoughts on our best League One XI? Let us know in the comments section…