How The Managerial Landscape Looks In League Two

There have been four managerial changes in the fourth tier heading into the new season
07:00, 20 Jul 2023

The 2023-24 season in League Two might not have seen quite the upheaval in a managerial sense that some of England’s other divisions has witnessed, but there are enough changes in the make-up of the fourth tier to make the new campaign intriguing.

Wrexham - 10/3 - Manager: Phil Parkinson

After securing Wrexham’s triumphant return to the EFL last season, Phil Parkinson is expected to lead the Welsh side to a successive promotion to League One.

Stockport County - 6/1 - Manager: Dave Challinor

It was only a penalty shoot-out that stood between Stockport and League One last season and there is still faith that Dave Challinor can gain them promotion to the third tier.

Notts County - 7/1 - Manager: Luke Williams

Luke Williams and his team made the National League breathtaking to watch last year with their title race with Wrexham. They are looking promising for a crack at a successive promotion too following their play-off victory last time out.

Gillingham - 10/1 - Manager: Neil Harris 

Neil Harris didn’t have the best first full season in charge at Gillingham in 2022-23 but his experience at a higher level certainly buys him time to bring success to the club under new ownership.

Mansfield Town - 12/1 - Manager: Nigel Clough

Mansfield have either partaken in or been around the play-offs under Nigel Clough in the past two seasons and they are expected to be in the picture again this year.

Bradford City - 12/1 - Manager: Mark Hughes

Experienced coach Mark Hughes led Bradford to the play-offs last season and they are likely to have another fruitful campaign in store.


MK Dons - 14/1 - Manager: Graham Alexander (formerly Mark Jackson)

Graham Alexander has a previous promotion from League Two on his CV with Fleetwood Town back in 2014. This seems like a smart appointment just when Milton Keynes desperately needs one.

Salford City - 16/1 - Manager: Neil Wood

After delivering a play-off finish last year, it would serve Gary Neville and co well to back Neil Wood for another crack at promotion to League One.

Doncaster Rovers - 20/1 - Manager: Grant McCann (formerly Danny Schofield)

Grant McCann is back at Doncaster Rovers for his second spell as manager. With his experiences with Hull City and Peterborough United, he should be able to lead Rovers to a higher finish than 18th this year.


Swindon Town - 25/1 - Manager: Michael Flynn (formerly Jody Morris)

Swindon Town have ambitions of finishing in the play-offs and Michael Flynn gained that experience with Newport County. But he struggled at Walsall so this appointment could go either way.

Grimsby Town - 28/1 - Manager: Paul Hurst 

After an impressive first season back in the EFL with an 11th-place finish, Paul Hurst will be hoping that his side can mount a play-off push this term.

Tranmere Rovers - 28/1 - Manager: Ian Dawes

Like Grimsby, Tranmere enjoyed a comfortable mid-table finish last term but there is the potential for them to push for more this year under Ian Dawes.

Forest Green Rovers - 33/1 - Manager: Hannah Dingley (interim) (formerly Duncan Ferguson)

This historic appointment is one that many are hoping becomes a permanent move as it would show that football is growing and this can be the start of real change.

Accrington Stanley - 33/1 - Manager: John Coleman 

Following a relegation it is always difficult to decide whether a coach should be kept in his position. Coleman’s biggest credit in the bank is that he led Accrington to the League Two title back in 2017-18.

AFC Wimbledon - 40/1 - Manager: Johnnie Jackson

AFC Wimbledon finished just five points above the relegation zone in 2022-23 and Johnnie Jackson’s side could only manage 11 wins in 46 matches. It feels like there is some risk to keeping him on given how competitive the roster is this year.

Walsall - 40/1 - Manager: Mat Sadler

Mat Sadler has a rich history with Walsall as a player but this is certainly a tough gig for your first senior role in management.


Newport County - 50/1 - Manager: Graham Coughlan

Graham Coughlan will be hoping to build on last season’s mid-table finish but it feels like the division is going to be tougher than ever.

Crewe Alexandra - 66/1 - Manager: Lee Bell

Crewe finished in mid-table last year so there is no need to be moving on from Lee Bell at this time.

Sutton United - 66/1 - Manager: Matt Gray

Sutton United enjoyed another successful year consolidating their position in League Two but it remains to be seen if Matt Gray can take them to new heights.

Colchester United - 66/1 - Manager: Ben Garner

Ben Garner is yet to make a huge impact in his managerial career so far but he will be tasked with keeping Colchester United in the EFL.

Barrow - 66/1 - Manager: Pete Wild

Pete Wild had a massive influence at Barrow last season. He took the club from 22nd to ninth in just one season. He’s doing an incredible job.

Morecambe - 66/1 - Manager: Derek Adams

Following Morecambe’s relegation from League One, Derek Adams will likely be under pressure to get off to a strong start in League Two or risk receiving his P45.

Harrogate Town - 100/1 - Manager: Simon Weaver

Simon Weaver has been in charge of Harrogate since 2009 and has been crucial to the club’s rise from the National League North to the EFL. He has a lot of credit in the bank with the club.

Crawley Town - 100/1 - Manager: Scott Lindsey

Crawley Town finished just above the relegation zone last term and Lindsey will hope that he can implement his ideas further with his first pre-season at the club.

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