Scunthorpe United 2019-20 League Two Preview
Last season was a shocker for many Iron fans as none of them could have predicted a relegation at the start of the 2018-19 campaign. They were expected to build on their 2016-17 and 2017-18 playoff finishes.
You may attribute it to Graham Alexander sacking or letting go of players like Murray Wallace, Conor Townsend, Duane Holmes, or Sam Mantom and not finding suitable replacements, but they paid the price with relegation.
After five consecutive seasons in League One, they have to play League Two football for the second season since 2005. The last time they were in this division was in 2013–14 and they were promoted via 2nd placed finish.
This time, however, things are a little bit different as the league is very competitive, teams like Salford, Mansfield, Bradford city, and Plymouth Argyle are all strong contenders for promotion this season.
Financially they are in decent shape, with a revenue close to £4.1 million and go into the season as favorites to get promoted.
You can find details about their 2017 and 2018 finances below
In the summer they released players like Byron Webster, Jonathan Flatt, Josh Morris and sold Charlie Goode to Northampton which means they managed to retain most of the key players from last season.
They also sorted the management situation by bringing in Paul Hurst in the summer.
Scunthorpe United Manager
Paul Hurst is the current manager of Scunthorpe United. He has been in football coaching since 2008 but is very well known for his time with Grimsby Town and Shrewsbury Town.
Undoubtedly, his appointment as the new manager will add to the Grimsby Town rivalry as he was the man that led them back to Football League in the 2015-16 season and worked with The Mariners for more than 5 Years as a coach.
He is known to make up his mind about the squad in the Pre-season or the first few fixtures and sticking with those players. He mostly plays with 4 in the back and his preferred formations are 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1.
Last season he joined Ipswich Town and won only one game from 15 games as in charge. But, that seems to be a one-off year as his win percentage is 49% from the 529 games he managed.
Scunthorpe United 2019-20 New Signings
It has not been the busiest transfer window for Scunthorpe United as they seem to trust their current squad and are bringing in only the players that will add to their squad. They have signed the following players so far
Andy Butler is a 35-Year-Old veteran center back who has an experience of 638 senior appearances under his belt.
The 6-foot tall defender is a product of the Scunthorpe United Academy and went on to make 153 appearances for The Iron. He is returning back after 11 years.
He is also known for winning League One title with Scunthorpe United in the 2006-07 season.
He will undoubtedly be a positive character and brings a wealth of experience to the Scunthorpe United dressing room.
He is a great header of the ball and is a known threat from indirect set pieces. He is also a strong player physically and can read the game really well.
Last season, he was an integral part of the Doncaster Rovers League One campaign which ended with their playoff loss to eventual winners Charlton Athletic via penalities in Semi-Final.
He was their captain for most games last season and scored in Away leg of play-off semi-final which forced the penalties.
Kgosi Ntlhe is a 25-year-old South African International defender who usually plays as Left back.
The 5 ft 9 player is a product of Peterborough United Academy, he has made 101 appearances in League One, 22 appearances in League Two, 14 appearances in the Championship before the start of 2019-20 campaign.
He is a Left-footed player who has a good pace, can put in decent crosses into the box and usually covers a lot of distance during the game.
He spent the last two seasons with Rochdale in league one and didn’t establish himself as a starter in the squad. He also suffered knee injury last season and was injury-prone the season before.
Scunthorpe United 2019-20 Away Journey
Total Away miles Scunthorpe United fans have to travel this season is 3312 which means they have to travel an average of 144 miles per game.
The Longest away game for them this season will be Plymouth Argyle. For that game alone they have to cover 318 miles.
Scunthorpe United 2019-20 Odds
Scunthorpe United are one of the favorites to go up this season according to the bookmakers. They are at least expected to finish in Playoff spots.
Scunthorpe United 2019-20 Fixtures
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