Season Preview: Scunthorpe United

Last updated : 05 August 2007 By Daniel Elwes
How did you fare last season?
We exceeded all expectations. As crazy as it may seem to an outsider, the best thing to happen to us was Brian Laws leaving. We got money for him, and got a far better manager in Nigel Adkins. Winning the title at a canter was immense.

How do you expect you'll do this season?
Well, everyone tipped us to struggle last season as well... Seriously, it's going to be a tough year. I'd settle for relegation so long as we battle all the way and develop as a club/team. But we're definitely capable of staying up.

What have you done on the transfer market this summer? Which of your new signings are you expecting most from?
Martin Paterson looks promising, and it's time for Paul Hayes to come good on the promise he showed with us in League Two. We'll need both new strikers to get to double figures.

Where do you think you'll need to strengthen in the January transfer window?
We're still not finished with signings for this summer so it's hard to tell. Everywhere bar goalkeeper may be in need of assistance, especially if our small squad is hit by injuries.

Have you any promising youngsters breaking into the team?
Paterson is only 20 and did well on loan at the Cods last season. Of those who have come through the ranks at Glanford Park, Peter Winn looks the most promising.

Have you got the right man in charge of the team? Will he still be there at the end of the season?
Yes and yes! He's popular with fans, honest, and the best motivator around. His record was statistically better than Brian Laws's, and we usually won with style.

Is the club being run well? Are you likely to be singing 'Sack the board' any time soon?
Steve Wharton seems to have had an epiphany a couple of years ago when he used his majority shareholding to force through a coup d'etat in the boardroom. He'd stepped down as chairman a year previously and was not apparently interested in the club, but after coming back he's devoted a lot of time and energy to improving the club. The off-pitch aspects of the club are still way below what fans expect, though.

Which team do you most want to beat and why?
Sheffield Wednesday. Laws.

Who do you think's going up?
God knows, we don't look that far up the table!

Who do you think's going down?
Again, we're really focusing on ourselves this season. Hopefully clubs like Barnsley, Blackpool, Bristol City and Colchester will all be down there.

How do you think Hull City will fare in the Championship?
I hope you finish 24th!
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