League Two Form Guide
Question of the Week
What should happen to the EFL Trophy next season?
|The Road Ahead|
By: Rob Sedgwick
ON a day when we were celebrating staying in League Two, the reality is but for Luton's 30 point deduction we would have been resigning ourselves to relegation after Macclesfield won and we lost. Somehow we have cheated death: we have survived on a lower points total than any other club has ever done.
Many fans thinks their club are better and bigger than they actually are, yet for a club of our traditions in a catchment area of our size we should not expect to fight a relegation battle in League Two - especially when four clubs have received points deductions ranging from substantial to massive.
So where did we go wrong? Here's my brief summary of what I think we did well and what I think we did badly over the last twelve months. More importantly what lessons can we draw from it in the next few weeks before football starts again following the end of the season on Saturday.
What we did not do well
What we did well
Not everything is possible and it's critical that we operate within our budget. The extra tax payments we have been saddled with for years must be almost finished, and next season there's bound to be a few clubs who find themselves on negative points. Players will not expect the wages they have been able to command in the past either, especially in the present climate with so many clubs struggling, so hopefully we'll be able to at least compete with most of the teams in the division next year.
There's no reason why, with some of the lessons learnt, we can't start to improve and at very least finish in a comfortable mid-table position next season. The fact that four clubs go up, two go down, and several start on negative points means there is plenty of scope for a good season in League Two (even if that's what I said a year ago!).
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