Next season’s pecking order..

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Yes the season only finished last week. Yes the playoffs are still yet to be concluded. Yes no one’s even signed a player yet. I’m impatient.

Who are your picks for challenging, or to go down, or for mid-table mediocrity?

Hopefully this thread should develop as we get into the summer..
 

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Definitely think the league is more open next season - I expect the usual teams to be down the bottom.

I'm curious to see how the likes of Pompey & Plymouth do and whether they'll have 2nd season syndrome
 

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I'd be looking at us trying to get into the top 6. But even if we don't and stay around the top 10, that is still a good season.
 

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Definitely think the league is more open next season - I expect the usual teams to be down the bottom.

I'm curious to see how the likes of Pompey & Plymouth do and whether they'll have 2nd season syndrome
All the sounds from our end have been implying a challenge for promotion, so a case of 2nd season syndrome would be a pretty disastrous season for us!
 
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Mid table for us I think, one of those seasons where you dont really have a chance of the playoffs but you kid yourselves into thinking you do for just a bit too long.

If Accrington keep their team together I think they could do well, or at least better than a lot might expect of them. They just seem to have something about them, that I cant really put my finger on, but they are a well oiled machine.

Sunderland will surely go straight back up with ease.
 
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for me charlton and plymouth top 2..sunderland are damaged goods to much work to be done players will leave new manager ect... come down in bad shape
 

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All the sounds from our end have been implying a challenge for promotion, so a case of 2nd season syndrome would be a pretty disastrous season for us!
That’s the point of 2nd season syndrome though pal, you go to build on what you did last season and it comes out of no where
 

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Sunderland will walk it by a country mile, I fear for Wycombe though with the average age of their squad. Accy should just have enough about them to survive, if anything being hard to beat has got them to this league.
 

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I'd be surprised if we were in a relegation or promotion battle with the current side. We lost our way against a lot of organised teams last season and couldn't break them down and I'd expect a lot more opposition organisation this season......so mid to upper mid would be my guess - unless we buy /sell awfully or well.

I have a feeling Sunderland may be in for a culture shock and may not be so automatic as some think
 

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........but in reality wtf do I know. We haven't sampled these heady heights and rarified air of the Third Division for a decade.
 

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I reckon Sunderland will walk this league. Especially if they have new owners. I can’t see how anyone wouldn’t put them as massive favourites unless they’re trying to be different.

Rotherham, Scunny will be strong whoever doesn’t go up, Barnsley too, Charlton and Pompey also up there. Then teams like us, Plymouth, Oxford who might be interested if they get their acts together, looking unlikely in our case though. Shrewsbury if they don’t go up I expect it will depend how badly their squad and management team gets gutted. Can’t say I’m looking at any of the teams coming up and thinking they will challenge really.
 
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There will always be teams like Bury and Northampton that appear to have splashed the cash and other teams like MK who appear to be too big to be relegated from this league, plus teams like us and Shrewsbury that are favourites to be relegated due to our shopping in the Poundland market.

It never works out that way which makes speculation at this stage a complete lottery.
 
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I would predict sunderland & charlton to be at the top
and walsall shrewsbury rochdale wimbledon accrington to be fighting it out at the bottom
 

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We'll struggle next season in L1 if we don't go up (and will struggle hugely in the Champ if we do go up!) . We'll definitely lose the manager in the summer plus the majority of our best players, and because of the play-off final will be starting from scratch, and several weeks behind all the other clubs.
 

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If we don't go up I could see us being in for a long old season next year. Our chairman cut the budget for this year and is going to cut it again for next year. We already got rid of our two highest earners in January and I assume would look to ship some more out come the end of the season. Two of our best players (Hakeeb Adelakun and Duane Holmes) have contracts running out and not a chance they will sign if we don't go up.

We have relied on two fantastic loans (Toney and Yates) to get us to the play-offs this time and will have to do the same next year I would assume.
 
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We have had a massive shift in the feeling surrounding the club recently so if we appoint the right manager we should really be looking at automatic promotion with probably Barnsley.

I am already braced for something to go catastrophically wrong however and after a poor start to be wishing for the welcome release of mid-table mediocrity, after salvaging an away point at Wycombe Wanderers.
 
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We have had a massive shift in the feeling surrounding the club recently so if we appoint the right manager we should really be looking at automatic promotion with probably Barnsley.

I am already braced for something to go catastrophically wrong however and after a poor start to be wishing for the welcome release of mid-table mediocrity, after salvaging an away point at Wycombe Wanderers.
One would expect you to walk it. However, can you adapt to the style of league one, and probably more germane you will be everyone’s cup final and they will want to beat you.
 

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