All the attention in League Two may be at the top of the table, where the big hitters such as Stockport County, Notts County and Wrexham are vying for promotion, but there is also an interesting battle developing at the bottom.
With only two relegation spots, and the impact of relegation to the National League catastrophic, teams will be desperate to stay up. Below I’ve assessed the current situation and taken a look at the odds to come up with a selection.
Forest Green Rovers to go down @ 6/4
Just one selection for League Two, given there are only two relegation places and the rest of the division looks impossible to call. Sutton United have gone through a difficult start to the season, but got their first win last time out and in Matt Gray they have a manager I believe can turn things around.
I was worried for Tranmere Rovers when they appointed Ian Dawes, but after six straight defeats they sacked him, and now have Nigel Adkins as their interim boss. If he sticks around, they should be able to get clear of danger.
Colchester, Newport and Doncaster have also given me cause for concern at different points throughout the season, but there is only one club I am feeling confident about. Forest Green Rovers. Dale Vince’s club finished bottom of League One last campaign, and their dismal form has continued into this season, as they sit rock bottom of the Football League.
They’ve won just two games from 12 this season, currently have player/coach Troy Deeney up front and have now lost six league matches in a row. David Horseman arrived in the summer with the hope of reigniting the club and leading them back to League One, but instead he finds himself battling to keep them in the EFL.
It’s not a pretty scenario for anybody involved, and on paper they should have enough about them to stay up. Along with Deeney, Fankaty Dabo – the man who missed Coventry’s crucial penalty in the Championship play-off final last season – has joined the club in what was seen as a coup. But as of yet, the players haven’t been able to gel.
It seems the majority of the blame currently lies with Horseman, who is coming under fire from fans now. However, Vince is unlikely to want to pull the trigger too early on the highly-rated young coach. Even if they do sack Horseman, whoever his replacement is will also have a big job on their hands. Nothing feels quite right at Forest Green at the minute, and despite the talent, it could all end in tears come May.