Three managerial talking points ahead of the weekend's actionby Jack Kitson / 31 August 2017, 13:17Tweet
The international break may (unfortunately) be dominating proceedings this weekend, but let’s not forget that there’s a full catalogue of League One and Two fixtures to look forward to. And let’s be honest, this is where the real drama is at!
Below we pluck out three managerial talkings ahead of the fifth wave of League One and League Two fixtures.
From sleeping at the training ground to top of the table
Grant McCann is the only Football League manager in action this weekend who has a 100% league record this season. McCann is currently looking down on all of the other 23 League One gaffers following a rapid start to the season in which Posh have accumulated maximum points (12) from four matches, smashing home an average of three goals a game.
On Saturday McCann takes his high-flyers to the home of 12th-placed Doncaster, who are managed by former Posh boss Darren Ferguson. Ferguson led Peterborough to three promotions and Football League Trophy glory in two spells at London Road, while he added another promotion (League Two) with Doncaster a few months ago.
Back in January McCann slept at Peterborough’s training ground following a defeat to Oldham, which he labelled the “worst performance” under his leadership. In the end Posh finished 11 points adrift of the play-offs, but the cathedral city is currently brimming with positivity following their electric start, which they’ll look to extend to five successive wins on the spin this weekend.
Kenny Jackett reunited with Rotherham
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett faces former club Rotherham on Sunday, nine months after abruptly quitting the Millers just 39 days after signing a three-year deal. It was one of the more bizarre managerial spells of the 2016/17 campaign as Jackett, known for his loyalty and longevity at clubs, opted to ditch the Yorkshire outfit after registering only one point from five matches.
Caretaker Paul Warne, a fitness coach, replaced Jackett but couldn’t keep Rotherham in the Championship. Meanwhile, in June Jackett succeeded the departed Paul Cook at League Two champions Pompey, but despite being among the ante-post favourites for promotion the south coast side have recorded only one victory so far this season.
Rotherham also have one win to their name, however they sit two points behind Pompey having lost their other three games. The struggling Millers now head to Fratton Park on the back of a four game losing streak (league and cup), and they’re out at 14/5 to end that rotten run with a victory on Sunday, with the hosts the 11/10 favourites to double their win count.
PW on facing Portsmouth | "They are a good side. Kenny Jackett is a very experienced manager, and I enjoyed working with him here." #rufc— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) August 31, 2017
Top-2 gaffers clash in League Two
We’re only four games into the new League Two season but already we have a tasty top-of-the-table clash as Paul Tisdale’s leaders, Exeter, lock horns with Michael Flynn’s Newport at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Last season Tisdale, the Football League’s longest serving boss, led Exeter to the play-off final where they suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Gary Bowyer’s Blackpool. However, instead of letting the play-off hangover get the better of them, the Grecians have swatted away that disappointment and proceeded to storm out of the blocks this term, registering 10 points from their opening four games.
Many predicted Newport to struggle this season, but instead the Welsh outfit have made a mockery of this negativity, instead carrying on from where they left off last term. Flynn was handed the job in March when the Exiles were 11 points adrift of safety.
Against-the-odds the caretaker boss steered his troops to safety after accumulating seven wins from 12 games. Flynn was subsequently handed the job on a permanent basis and Newport have gone on to enjoy an unbeaten start to the new season, picking up eight points, five of which have come on the road.