League Two Review – Season 2, Week 6

A total of nine clubs began the Sky Bet League Two campaign with new managers, and, since the onset of the season, an additional man has taken over the lead of a 10th side. Here, we take a look at the new managers in League Two and how they have fared in their opening 11 games.

Rob Edwards took charge of Forest Green Rovers in June following the departure of Mark Cooper after five years in Gloucestershire. Edwards has big shoes to fill after Cooper showed glimpses of a future in League One for the Green last season, just for it to fall at the death. 38-year-old Edwards’ regime has started promisingly, as Forest Green sit in pole position with 23 points from 11 matches and boasting the joint-best goal difference record at +10.

The Green faltered last time out, though, as high-flying Swindon Town beat their hosts 2-0 at The New Lawn. Second-half goals from Harry McKirdy and Tyreece Simpson turned the tide of a remarkably even match to take home all three points. Rovers missed a late penalty.

Leyton Orient are also in the mix at the top of the table. Orient acquired the talents of vastly-experienced gaffer Kenny Jackett, who had been relieved of his duties at League One Portsmouth in March. Jackett has won four, drawn five and lost two of his 11 matches in charge of the O’s, which sees the London club in sixth place – one of four sides tied on 17 points. Orient are without a league win in their last three ties.

After the disappointment of last season’s playoff final, Newport County have found their return to league play fairly difficult. County sit midtable and are under the control of interim boss Wayne Hatswell, who took to the helm at the beginning of October following Michael Flynn’s decision to step down from the post.

Hatswell remains unbeaten during his 10-day tenancy (at the time of writing), with a 3-0 win in his opening match against the ailing Scunthorpe United and a goalless draw with Bradford City last week.

Things are not going so well for Robbie Stockdale, though. Stockdale was appointed in July to be the man to take Rochdale back up to League One following a narrow relegation last season. Stockdale has a reasonable pedigree at good levels in British football, and so a lot of expectation weighed upon him coming into the new term.

The Dale have earned 12 points from 11 matches, with three wins and three draws to their name, along with five losses. Stockdale’s men have hit a rough patch in form of late too, facing three successive defeats-to-nil. Rochdale have an unenviable goal difference of -2.

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