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Who Will Replace Derek Adams?

With Plymouth Argyle sacking, or as the club website states “Relieving him of his duties.” Derek Adams, who would be the favourite to replace him.

It’s a strange time of the season to be sacking a manager, who has done so much for a club, that were in League 2 when he took over the reins, leaving Ross County in Scotland to take on the challenge back in 2015.

In total he spent 7 years with Ross County, winning two honours and having a win percentage of around 40% during two spells, it was this that attracted Argyle to appoint him and as a result, he guided the club from League 2 into league, the year after losing the play off final to AFC Wimbledon.

Adams leaves with Plymouth, currently sitting in 21st posistion, on 47 points, the same number as Southend United who are directly above them.

Argyles dreadful run of 5 defeats  in their last 6 league matches have led to this parting of the ways, and in terms of who could take over well their are a few good and more than qualified coaches, who really have nothing to lose, should they take the posistion on.

Chris Powell,the former, Charlton, Derby and Huddersfield manager is a name that springs to mind, having recently left Southend United, but with a good track record in lower league football, having an average win rate of around 41.5% which in this modern age is good, given the restrictive budgets on offer in lower league football.

His teams are always well organised and play football the right way, not always to the liking of the chairman who employ him, because they are looking for quick fixes as opposed to long term success and while he has manged clubs such as Derby and Huddersfield, a shot at a bigger club, in lower league terms anyway, packed with history, could prove an unresistable challenge.

Stuart McCall, is another manager, who has recently left his posistion and Like Powell, has good knowledge and a track record in Lower league football. McCall is vastly experienced and certainly has been successful at the clubs he has managed, though he has a surprising average time of 1.7 months term as a manager, which given his experience is unusual and one wonders if he was given longer, what success would he bring.

He started his managerial career off at Bradford and in total has managed the bantams twice.

Dean Keates Previously of Walsall, is another name, who would be attractive for the Pilgrims, given his extensive knowledge of League 1, having served Walsall with distinction both as a player and a coach, and despite his tenure as a manager only lasting 13 or so months, would possibly be tempted back into management, with the lure of Plymouth, potentially proving to difficult.

 

3 good experienced coaches who, with just 1 game to go, are really in a no lose situation, given that Plymouth have to win to stay up and even then, that may not be enough.

Or could it be that they might turn to north of the border again, given that they have already had success in choosing from the Scottish league previously and choose the Ross County Managerial pairing of Steve Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell.

Which ever way Plymouth Choose to go, it will be a tough challenge for the chosen applicant.

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Middlesbrough should look to sign these two players to obtain a playoff​ spot

Middlesbrough have managed to turn their season around under manager Tony Pulis and currently sit 8th in the Championship table, just two points outside the playoff places.

The North-East outfit have won 3 of their last 5 league games scoring 8 goals in the process, but with only Britt Assombalonga hitting double figures so far this season, it could well be an area that Pulis looks to strengthen this month.

Other strikers at the club such as Ashley Fletcher and Patrick Bamford have had little game time under the Welsh manager, with target man Rudy Gestede featuring heavily. If Boro are to have a successful campaign and go back up to the Premier League they are going to become more of an attacking force as they currently have scored 38 goals as a squad in the Championship this season, which is the lowest of the top 10 clubs.

With that in mind, Tony Pulis is going to have to look to add some firepower to his strike force and should look to bring in Bradford City striker Charlie Wyke and Walsall attacking midfielder Erhun Oztumer.

Charlie Wyke – The Bradford City striker has 12 goals to his name already this season in League One, continuing his terrific form in front goal. Prior to his move to Valley Parade Wyke, was with Carlisle United where in his final season for the club he scored 15 goals in all competitions.

If Boro were to sign Wyke they would be getting a striker that knows where the back of the net is which would help take the burden off Assombalonga and could be the man to fire Middlesbrough back to the Premier League.

Erhun Oztumer – The attacking midfielder has been superb for Walsall this season as he leads the clubs goalscoring charts with 11 goals, and shows he has natural goalscoring ability, backing up his 15 league goals from last season.

Oztumer who is out of contract at the end of the current season, will be on the radar of many clubs due to his terrific form so if Boro did want to land the attacking midfielder they would have to move quickly.

Middlesbrough fans would you take Charlie Wyke and Erhun Oztumer at the Riverside Stadium? 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…

Portsmouth should look to sign this creative midfielder

Portsmouth have started the new League One campaign by picking up 5 points from a possible 12, and are unbeaten in the last two games. 

The south coast outfit got promoted to League One last season after winning the League Two title on the final day of the season, when they beat Cheltenham Town 6-1 and other results went there way to ensure they would be crowned champions.

After winning the league title, manager Paul Cook left the club to join Wigan Athletic and Pompey turned to the experienced Kenny Jackett to take over at Fratton Park.

Jackett has begun the process of stamping his own authority on the team as he has made no fewer than 5 new signings so far this summer, but with little over 24 hours to go in the transfer window rumours circulating are that Portsmouth are trying to off load a couple of players and bring in new players.

With this is mind the club should turn to Walsall creative midfielder Erhun Oztumer.

Erhun Oztumer –  The creative midfielder joined the Saddlers in 2016, and was terrific last season for them as he scored 15 goals and provided 7 goals for his team in all competitions.

Oztumer is a versatile player, as he can play either up top as a striker or just behind in the number 10 role. This versatility along with his goal scoring and assisting qualities, shows that he would be a terrific signing, and with Portsmouth only managing 4 goals so far this term his arrival could certainly propel the club up the table.

Portsmouth fans would you like to see Oztumer join your club? Would he be the perfect fit in the clubs midfield? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…