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How is the League One table looking so far

As we approach week eight of the League One season, there have been a few surprises up and down the table.

Flying high

Wycombe Wanderers have been the surprise package under Gareth Ainsworth this season, as the Chairboys sit top of the table, unbeaten this season.

Defender, Joe Jacobson has been the stand out performance so far as he has managed to grab four goals already this season.

Second place, Coventry City are level on points with the Chairboys, but sit behind them through goal difference.

Another side unbeaten this season, Mark Robins’ men have been producing eye watering football at their temporary home, St Andrew’s.

Coventry City’s temporary home, St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium

Ipswich Town are currently sitting in third place, a point behind the top two, but with a game in hand.

New signing, James Norwood has looked like signing of the summer in League One so far this season, as he currently has five goals in six games for the Tractor Boys, who will be fighting for promotion under Paul Lambert this season.

Facing the drop

However, Portsmouth, a team who looked to be fighting for promotion, is struggling in 18th place with only one win this season. No one would’ve predicted this start from Kenny Jacket’s side.

Kenny Jackett is feeling the pressure at Pompey

Another side struggling is Southend who are second from bottom, losing six out of six.

The Shrimpers have only scored four goals this season and conceded 17, which is the joint most amount. The Seasiders have a lot to do if they want to stay in League One this season.

Bottom of the table, Bolton Wanderers currently have -11 points, but with a new owner and an addition of 10 new signings, the Trotters will be hoping to pick up more points to try and get out of the relegation zone.

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Paul Hurst Made Bookies Favorite to Take Over Southend United Job

The sacking of Chris Powell this morning by Southend United perhaps came as a surprise to some Southend fans despite currently battling relegation and sitting in 20th position in League 1. Ricky Duncan has taken over the interim role, but Southend have given no indication as to what their next step will be.

The bookmakers have made Paul Hurst favourite to take over the role. Hurst is also strong favourite to take over the current Scunthorpe vacancy, so other names such as Kevin Nolan, Steve Evans and Ian Holloway are being talked about. Kevin Nolan took over Notts County in January 2017 and lead them to league two play offs, but after a 6 game winless streak parted company with the club in August 2018.

Steve Evans, recently the manager of Peterborough United is the bookies second favourite, and would bring some much needed defensive stability to the side.

Ian Holloway is a more highly experienced manager, having managed QPR and Blackpool in the Premier League, would bring some experience and solidarity to the Southend United changing room. However, it looks unlikely he will join as he is currently out of work and claimed on Talksport around two months ago that he ‘wasn’t looking for a job at this current moment in time’.

At the moment, Southend are looking at various options and no clear indication has been given as to who will take over the role. The club are reaching a make or break point in their season, and it looks like Ricky Duncan will see out the season and an appointment will be made in the Summer depending on the clubs fate.