Football League Review – League One

by Mystical Mike

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Coca Cola leagues

The second of a series of blogs looking at the goings on in the Coca Cola leagues…if you’re not into that sort of thing, do join us anyway…it’s a magical land of goalmouth scrambles and ageing old footballers looking for a last pay packet. I’ll buy you a Toffee Crisp if you come along for the ride…good, thanks for joining me. You look very nice today.

League One

In League One, all the talk is about the arrival of Roberto Di Matteo to the MK Dons. Di Matteo must have thought he was going somewhere vibrant when he talked about the move. You can imagine “Stadium:MK” to sound appealing and he must have got a hell of a shock when he turned up to simply find an Ikea and a shopping centre as all Milton Keynes has to offer.

Colchester have smashed their transfer record to bring in talented Cheltenham Town striker Steven Gillespie for £400,000. Gillespie was a bit hit at Whaddon Road and it’s understandable for him to depart for the challenge at Colchester, one of my tips for promotion. The money will help Cheltenham sign two or three players though and we’ll see what they do with that.

Championship bound?

Here at Northampton, things are going swimmingly with the signing of Leon Constantine on a free transfer. Constantine should compliment big Adebayo Akinfenwa in our attack and we’re not just a few players short of being a dark horse. Whisper that quietly though…any signs of optimism at Sixfields is a bad sign!

One of the hot targets for League One sides is Wolves defender Charlie Mulgrew. The left sided player turned down a move to Swindon this week so this could open the door for Southend to move in. Mulgrew was on loan at Roots Hall last season and may now fancy a return, particularly with Wolves’ reserve now non existant.

Not a lot going on with the whiners at Leeds. They’re fifteen point deduction not being in place this season will have them down as odds on favourites for the title this time round but their latest signing of Enoch Showumni, a free from Bristol City may show more signs of where they are and what type of player they need for League One.

The left sided problem has returned to London but it’s not England this time. Leyton Orient are madly hunting for a replacement for Wayne Cordon who left a couple of months ago. I hear Stuart Downing’s your man for these types of problems.

Fans of Leicester will have had a shock this week as it was announced that Shakespeare was joining the club! Unfortunately it’s not everyone’s favourite playwright but Craig Shakespeare who left his post at West Brom to hold talks with The Foxes. Meanwhile new boss Nigel Pearson says he wants to play “winning football” at Leicester…maybe that was why Southampton only just avoided the drop last season if he wasn’t trying that tactic!

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