League One Permutations: Which gaffers are going up and down on the final day?

by Jack Kitson / 27 April 2017, 15:43

Sunday 30th April marks the final day of the standard 2016/17 League One season. 45 waves of fixtures have already come and gone, but there is still a lot to play for this weekend, at both the top and bottom of the table.

Below we take a look at what’s at stake:

Champions & Automatic Promotion

Champions = Sheffield United

Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United have already been crowned champions of the division, and if the Blades finish the campaign with yet another victory (at home to relegated Chesterfield) then they will hit the landmark 100-point mark.

Automatic Promotion = Bolton or Fleetwood

Phil Parkinson’s Bolton and Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood will battle it out for the final automatic spot that will propel either side into the Championship. Should Fleetwood fail to beat Port Vale, then Bolton will be up regardless of their own result at home to Peterborough.

Play-Offs

Play-Offs = 4 of Bolton, Fleetwood, Scunthorpe, Bradford, Millwall, Southend, Rochdale

Whoever misses out on the automatic promotion spot will join Graham Alexander’s Scunthorpe and Stuart McCall’s Bradford in the lottery of the play-offs, along with one of Millwall (Neil Harris), Southend (Phil Brown), and Rochdale (Keith Hill) who are vying for the final 6th spot.

Relegation

Relegation = Chesterfield, Coventry, Swindon, plus one of Port Vale, Gillingham, Bury, Shrewsbury

Down in the basement of the division Chesterfield, Coventry and Swindon are already doomed, having suffered the dreaded drop down to League Two, meaning one of Port Vale, Gillingham, Bury and Shrewsbury can still mathematically join them in the bottom-tier next season, although the Shrews’ superior goal difference means they should realistically be safe.

League One Final Day Fixtures

  • AFC Wimbledon v Oldham
  • Bolton v Peterborough
  • Bristol Rovers v Millwall
  • Charlton v Swindon
  • Fleetwood v Port Vale
  • Northampton v Gillingham
  • Oxford v Shrewsbury
  • Rochdale v Bradford
  • Scunthorpe v Coventry
  • Sheffield United v Chesterfield
  • Southend v Bury
  • Walsall v MK Dons
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Managers Departed

Last man down

Paul Lambert
(Stoke City)
18th May
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Leeds United

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Leicester City

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Miami

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