League One Preview: How every team is shaping up for 2018/19
League One fans are bracing themselves for another roller-coaster ride this season. There are some new boys in town. Sunderland, Burton Albion and Barnsley all succumbed to relegation from the Championship last term. Accrington Stanley, Wycombe Wanderers, Luton Town and Coventry City all joined the party after promotions from League Two.
The three favourites for promotion are Sunderland, Barnsley and Charlton Athletic. The Black Cats expect Jack Ross to save them from freefall. At the other end of the table, Accrington Stanley and Wycombe don't look like sticking around. Gillingham are also being tipped for a tough campaign.
Here’s a brief look at all 24 sides.
Manager: John Coleman
Last season: 1st League Two, Promoted
Season outlook: Accrington have no illusion how difficult this season will be. They are readying themselves for their first ever campaign at this level on one of the smallest budgets in the league. Nevertheless, Stanley write their own stories and are looking at their next chapter.
Remaining needs: The League One new boys need a new striker, especially if they sell Kayden Jackson before the transfer window closes. Otherwise, John Coleman intends to keep the core who won the League Two title last season.
Manager: Daniel Stendel
Last season: 22nd Championship, Relegated
Season outlook: The Tykes have a new man at the helm in former Hannover 96 boss Daniel Stendel. They have a strong squad for this level and Stendel promises to play attacking football. They will be promotion contenders.
Remaining needs: Barnsley's main focus is keeping key players such as Tom Bradshaw, Liam Lindsey and Brad Potts. If they can do this, they will be up there fighting for a Championship return this season and don't really need any signings for the sake of it.
Manager: Gary Bowyer
Last season: 12th
Season outlook: Gary Bowyer is still the face of Blackpool and has steadied the ship on the field. They look set for another mid-table season. However, with fans continuing to stay away due to ownership issues, the long-term future of the ex-Premier League side remains uncertain.
Remaining needs: Their defence has been weakened by Clark Robertson's move to Rotherham United. With Curtis Tilt expected to leave as well, Blackpool could do with another defender to fill the void and strengthen their back line.
Manager: Michael Collins
Last season: 11th
Season outlook: Michael Collins is the new manager. It's the 32-year-old's first season in management. He made some shrewd signings, including striker Eoin Doyle and Sean Scannell. Bradford should be in the playoff hunt.
Remaining needs: The Bantams started off well last season but fell away as the season progressed. Collins has bolstered his side. Depth will be crucial.
Manager: Darrell Clarke
Last season: 13th
Season outlook: Clarke has worked wonders with Rovers. It's time to build upon last season's mid-table finish, although player departures could come back to haunt them deeper into the season.
Remaining needs: Bristol lost a critical player in Ellis Harrison. His goals must be replaced. Experienced full-back Lee Brown also left, for Portsmouth. The Pirates aren't sailing with a full crew.
Manager: Nigel Clough
Last season: 23rd Championship, Relegated
Season outlook: The Brewers have some decent players for this level. Lucas Akins, John Brayford and Kyle McFadzean could be a reckoning force. If they can get Liam Boyce scoring goals, Nigel Clough's side could push for the playoffs.
Remaining needs: Burton are back in League One after punching above their weight in the Championship for two seasons. Depth is needed to make a return to the ring.
Manager: Lee Bowyer [caretaker]
Last season: 6th
Season outlook: Lee Bowyer remains in caretaker charge, hoping new signing Lyle Taylor can fire the Addicks into the Championship and him to permanent employment.
Remaining needs: Midfielder Ben Reeves has suffered an Achilles tear. An important player to lose, Charlton must replace him on a temporary basis. The Reds also lost highly-rated Ezri Konsa to Brentford but otherwise have kept the same core who reached the Play-Offs last season.
Manager: Mark Robins
Last season: 6th League Two, Promoted via playoffs
Season outlook: It's a tough step up for Mark Robins' Sky Blues but signing Shrewsbury Town duo Junior Brown and Abu Ogogo will help. The pair drove the Shrews into the playoffs last season. Mid-table safety is the modest goal at the Ricoh Arena.
Remaining needs: Coventry have a young squad. They did win promotion with this same side last season and saying "you can't win anything with kids" will no doubt spur them on. Nevertheless, experience would come in handy
Manager: Grant McCann
Last season: 15th
Season outlook: The Grant McCann era has begun at Doncaster Rovers but not much is expected from them in League One. They will be aiming for survival first and foremost and the squad is capable.
Remaining needs: The squad remains intact. Doncaster also had the sixth-best defence in League One last season. McCann needs more of the same.
Manager: Joey Barton
Last season: 15th
Season outlook: Joey Barton wants to make a name for himself in the management game. His side look a good bet as promotion dark horses.
Remaining needs: The Cod Army havetheir recruitment spot on this summer with some experienced Championship players joining. Tommy Spurr, Ched Evans, Dean Marney and Craig Morgan are all eye-catching additions.
Manager: Steve Lovett
Last season: 17th
Season outlook: After leading the Gills to safety last season, Steve Lovell is now the permanent boss at Gillingham. Survival is still the target.
Remaining needs: Lovett kept the spine of the team from last campaign. Now, re-signing scorer Tom Eaves and goalkeeper Tomas Holy will be his top priorities.
Manager: Nathan Jones
Last season: 2nd League Two, Promoted
Season outlook: Avoiding relegation to League Two is job one but Jones hopes his Hatters' side can cause a few surprises this season. They can score goals and with no expectations this time around, watch out.
Remaining needs: Jones hasn't made many changes. Andrew Shinnie is now a permanent signing from Birmingham City, which is good news for fans.
Manager: Karl Robinson
Last season: 16th
Season outlook: Robinson knows what it takes to get out of this division. Like Fleetwood Town, Oxford could be surprise promotion contenders. They have some good players in their ranks.
Remaining needs: Any potential signings will increase the squad's depth and Robinson's options. Landing Luke Garbutt, Samir Carruthers and Jamie Mackie already has been a pleasant surprise.
Manager: Steve Evans
Last season: 9th
Season outlook: Steve Evans has been financially backed by owner Darragh McAnthony. The Posh will be dreaming of a promotion back to the Championship after finishing 9th last season.
Remaining needs: It has been a transitional summer at London Road. Replacing Jack Marriott's 33 goals is the pressing need after the striker joined Derby. Can new boy Jason Cummings handle the entire load?
Manager: Derek Adams
Last season: 7th
Season outlook: Plymouth came out of nowhere last season to challenge for the playoffs. Adams intends to do it again. Unfortunately, they will fall just short this time around and finish mid-table as other clubs strengthen.
Remaining needs: Losing key centre-back Sonny Bradley to Luton Town was a real blow. Argyle must find another physical presence to bar the door.
Manager: Kenny Jackett
Last season: 8th
Season outlook: Kenny Jackett's experience is ideal for Pompey. He gets them playing some top football. The South Coast side have a great chance to return to the Championship, should they keep their stars fit.
Remaining needs: Portsmouth have managed to keep their top scorer from last season, Brett Pitman, at Fratton Park this summer. Young starlet Matt Clarke, too. They could do with a creative midfielder to help unlock defences and provide more options in midfield.
Manager: Keith Hill
Last season: 20th
Season outlook: Another tough season beckons for Rochdale but Hill is a manager who knows what it takes. They should be fine.
Remaining needs: The Dale stayed up on the last day of the season in 17/18. A little more firepower will make this campaign less dramatic. Aaron Wilbraham is 38, and has all the experience Hill could want.
Manager: Nick Daws
Last season: 5th
Season outlook: Daws will have his work cut out considering that is exactly what has happened to the spine of last year's squad. After finishing in the playoffs the past two seasons, expectations could be the Iron's downfall.
Remaining needs: Ivan Toney returned to Newcastle United, Conor Townsend to West Brom, Hakeeb Adelakun to Bristol City and Murray Wallace to Millwall. Replacing that group is imperative.
Manager: John Askey
Last season: 3rd
Season outlook: It would be some feat to replicate last season's success. John Askey is a talented young manager. He will get the best of out his players, as he did when guiding Macclesfield Town to the National League title in 17/18, Another playoff final is unlikely, however. Peg the Shrews for a mid-table finish.
Remaining needs: Along with former boss, Paul Hurst, key players Alex Rodman and Abu Ogogo departed this summer. Joe Nolan and Aristote Nsiala are also set to exit. Compatible replacements are vital.
Manager: Chris Powell
Last season: 10th
Season outlook: Chris Powell is one of the most underrated managers in the Football League. He knows what he's doing. Southend United have a real chance.
Remaining needs: The club have done very well to retain in-demand goalkeeper Mark Oxley, tying him to their posts on a new deal. They have also recruited well, signing proven League One players Sam Mantom, Luke Hyam , Tom Hopper and Timothee Dieng.
Manager: Jack Ross
Last season: 24th Championship, Relegated
Season outlook: The Black Cats will challenge for the title this season. They have appointed a shrewd manager in Jack Ross. He has experience gaining promotion from his time at St Mirren. As well, Charlie Wyke and Dylan McGeouch are two very astute buys for a League One club.
Remaining needs: Sunderland have recruited in numbers. Needed most are young, hungry, dedicated players willing to fight for the club. Only time will tell whether they have invested properly.
Manager: Dean Keates
Last season: 19th
Season outlook: Dean Keates left Wrexham to take charge of Walsall. He has a tough job on his hands. The Saddlers are in real danger of the drop next season. New signing Andy Cook, from Tranmere Rovers, must replace Erhun Oztumer's goals.
Remaining needs: Oztumer has joined Bolton. The "Turkish Messi" was their most lethal attacking option and creative outsource. It will take another Messi from a more powerful country to match his past two campaigns as the Saddlers' top scorer.
Manager: Gareth Ainsworth
Last season: 3rd League Two, Promoted
Season outlook: Gareth Ainsworth is a likeable manager who will have to work another wonder with the Chairboys to keep them in the third tier.
Remaining needs: Wanderers did incredibly well to win promotion from the fourth tier. They could do with signing one or two attacking options to help Adebayo Akinfenwa and Nathan Tyson.
Manager: Neil Ardley
Last season: 18th
Season outlook: After finishing 18th last season and the squad diluting over the summer, Neal Ardley faces his hardest challenge as Wimbledon manager.
Remaining needs: Wimbledon have lost top scorer Lyle Taylor to Charlton Athletic. New signing James Hanson, from Sheffield United, can replace his goals but they need more in attack.