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I think Bolton will be strong again. And you have the wild card of Wrexham as well who will have money to splash around.
Sure and Stockport have money and were better than Wrexham.
Peterborough will very likely be weaker ( they could lose a number of their better players).
Charlton and Reading are interesting. I am not as convinced as some by Charlton ( Jones did OK but hardly suggested that they will tear the league up next season- they will presumably spend quite big), and Reading still seem in financial trouble?
 
Nobody would have have had Pompey going up automatically last year and Birmingham could do a Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby.
I know that people were suggesting that L1 wouod be a lot stronger next season, but suspect that Barnsley, Blackpool Bolton could be weaker.

The reason League One was weak last year was that you would usually expect the relegated Championship clubs to be big contenders - but two out of the three were financial basket cases with points deductions who did not compete. And Blackpool never really got going either.

Won't be the case this year - Rotherham are clearly going to be good; Birmingham have tons of money, and I think Huddersfield will be competent too if they can keep even a reasonable subset of their squad together. Add in moneybags Wrexham coming up from League Two, and the usual suspects and it's going to be a tough league!
 
I would think that means we have doubts he can step up to the Championship. If we thought he was good enough, we'd have gone straight in with an offer. I thought he was pretty decent, but- like a few other- not sure he's Championship standard. If he does sign for Rotherham, that's an excellent L1 squad Evans is building. Say what you like about him, but he knows how to get teams promoted. He's a much larger version of Neil Warnock.
Without doubt Fatty Evans is an absolute t**t as a person and Raynor is no better but as a managing partnership they’re good and I can see them bringing Rotherham back to the championship next season l.
 
All this Evans talks reminds me, now we aren’t 8/9 games in and we have secured promotion we need to go and talk to him.
 
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The reason League One was weak last year was that you would usually expect the relegated Championship clubs to be big contenders - but two out of the three were financial basket cases with points deductions who did not compete. And Blackpool never really got going either.

Won't be the case this year - Rotherham are clearly going to be good; Birmingham have tons of money, and I think Huddersfield will be competent too if they can keep even a reasonable subset of their squad together. Add in moneybags Wrexham coming up from League Two, and the usual suspects and it's going to be a tough league!
Yes I agree with a lot of that
I am just not sure how good Birmingham and Huddersfield will be. Many have come down with money and spent a while in the Division before going back up.
I think that Peterborough, Barnsley and Blackpool could be less strong.
Wrexham and Stockport could do very well, but let's see. Wrexham's model ( buying players from a much higher level and financially blowing most of the opposition out of the water), will have to be changed I assume.
The league in all likelihood will be stronger, but it remains to be seen how good it will be.
 
Yes I agree with a lot of that
I am just not sure how good Birmingham and Huddersfield will be. Many have come down with money and spent a while in the Division before going back up.
I think that Peterborough, Barnsley and Blackpool could be less strong.
Wrexham and Stockport could do very well, but let's see. Wrexham's model ( buying players from a much higher level and financially blowing most of the opposition out of the water), will have to be changed I assume.
The league in all likelihood will be stronger, but it remains to be seen how good it will be.

Some have - others have come down, kept their squads intact, been way too good for the division and gone straight back up. In particular, I'm thinking Hull in 2019/20, and Blackburn & Wigan (the first time) in 2017/18. It all depends how well they are managed, I guess.

Anyway, we shall see.

Still reckon 2021/22 was the strongest League One has ever been - that was the year we got 76 points with a GD of +23 (so very similar to this year, which was 77/+23), but finished 8th and missed the playoffs by seven points! If the teams with resources are managed competently next year, it could be the same story.
 
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