We take a journey around League Two to see what headlines are being made at the homes our rivals for next season.
Piero Mingoia was the big winner at Accrington’s end of season awards as the midfielder scooped a hat-trick of prizes. Having scored eight goals during 2014/15, Mingoia was crowned Supporters’, Players’ and Accyweb Player of the Year for the campaign.
Dons’ cult hero Adebayo Akinfenwa is set to consider his options before deciding whether to put pen to paper on an extended contract at the club. The front man scored fifteen times in all competitions last season after joining Wimbledon from Gillingham in the summer.
Conference champions Barnet were handed a major boost this week with the news that boss Martin Allen has agreed a new contract with the club. The 49-year-old is in his fourth spell in charge of The Bees and after signing his fresh deal admitted: “I am here for the challenge and to create history.”
Former Colchester United boss Joe Dunne has joined Cambridge United as Assistant Manager to Richard Money. The former defender says he’s “delighted” to be linking-up with Money at The Abbey Stadium and take advantage of the opportunity to “learn off an experienced coach.”
David Amoo is backing Carlisle United to challenge for promotion next term – despite being released by the Brunton Park outfit last week. The winger was one of seven shown the door by boss Keith Curle but revealed: “I firmly believe everyone in the club is going to turn it around.”
Crawley are conducting interviews for their vacant manager’s position after John Gregory left the club and Dean Saunders’ short-term deal came to an end. Saunders is being linked with the top job at Chesterfield following Paul Cook’s departure so The Reds are keeping their options open but hope to announce their new man by the end of next week.
Dagenham & Redbridge
Daggers star Jack Connors is set to go away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland after being called up to his country’s Under 21 squad. The 20-year-old will face England C and England Under 21s at Eamonn Deacy Park on Monday 1st June and Friday 5th June.
Liam Sercombe has left Exeter City to sign for League Two rivals Oxford United. The midfielder made 263 appearances and scored 23 goals after graduating from City’s Academy in 2007 but he had already revealed that he would not sign a new deal this summer.
Rumours are still surrounding Leyton Orient and their manager Fabio Liverani following the club’s relegation to League Two. The O’s players have not been released for holiday as yet, with several First Teamers tweeting that they had been doing double sessions despite the season finishing nearly two weeks ago.
Jonathan Smith has revealed that he has “unfinished business” at Luton Town after agreeing a new deal to stay at Kenilworth Road. The 28-year-old midfielder reckons The Hatters have a good chance of mounting a successful promotion bid after narrowly missing out on the play-offs last term.
Mansfield have begun their plans for pre-season by confirming the first of their warm-up games ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. The Stags will travel to face Conference outfit Solihull Moors on Saturday 18th July.
Shrimps boss Jim Bentley has made Crewe Alexandra’s Lee Molyneux his second signing of the summer. Morecambe have acted quickly at the close of the season and Molyneux – who had loan spells at Accrington and Tranmere last term – joins Blackpool’s Tom Barkhuizen at The Globe Arena.
New Newport boss Terry Butcher has begun his rebuilding at Rodney Parade by releasing eleven senior players. Aaron O’Connor, Lenny Pidgeley, Lee Minshull and skipper Andy Sandell are among those who are departing The Exiles to make room for new signings.
Chris Wilder says he is already in talks with summer transfer targets as he looks to plot a Cobblers promotion drive. After releasing seven players last week and making John-Joe O’Toole and Chris Hackett – available for transfer, Wilder has some room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.
Chief Executive Aileen Trew has insisted that Notts County will have a “competitive budget” when they return to League Two following relegation. The Magpies have already tied down Roy Carroll and Alan Smith to new contracts and Trew revealed that the aim is for new boss Ricardo Moniz to guide the club back to League One at the first attempt.
The U’s have completed two summer signings already with the arrival of Liam Sercombe from Exeter City and Kemar Roofe from West Bromwich Albion. Striker Roofe was on loan at The Kassam Stadium last term and his permanent signing has been met with enthusiasm by Oxford supporters.
New Pompey boss Paul Cook will run the rule over his squad and make decisions on their futures in the coming days after leaving Chesterfield to take the job at Fratton Park. Cook has already met his backroom staff and identified some summer transfer targets after joining the club this week.
Paul Sturrock has revealed he is in talks with three players after the club staged two trial matches at Huish Park over the weekend. The Glovers kept only six of their squad from last season amidst sweeping changes following relegation and Sturrock now knows he faces a busy summer of recruitment.
City skipper Russell Penn has called on his team-mates to make 2015/16 a campaign to remember as the club prepare to move out of Bootham Crescent after 83 years. The Minstermen are moving to a new stadium in a year’s time and Penn wants a good send-off for their current home, saying: “I love the place.”