League Two Guide 2015-16 Part 2: E to O

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EXETER CITY

Manager: Paul Tisdale

League Record (against Orient): W32 D23 L27 Last time we met: 2011-12.

Last season: 10th, League Two.

Promotion Odds: 6/1.

Relegation Odds: 15/2

Exeter City have been in the Football League since 2008, and have featured in either League One or League Two ever since.

Manager Paul Tisdale is currently the second longest-serving manager of the 92 clubs in the top four tiers of English football and guided them to League One in 2009 before returning to League Two in 2012.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Manager: Ronnie Moore

League Record: W18 D9 L17 Last time we met: 2012-13.

Last season: 22nd, League Two.

Promotion Odds: 7/1.

Relegation Odds: 15/2

Ronnie Moore’s January arrival inspired Pool to maintain their Football League status after a rapid turnaround in results.

Before that had lost out to Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup, which culminated in Paul Murray’s sacking after he had initially taken over from Colin Cooper in the managerial hotseat.

Moore will be hoping to build on that survival in his first full season at the club, who last faced Orient in 2012-13 before their relegation to League Two in that campaign.

LUTON TOWN

Manager: John Still

Last season: 8th, League Two

League Record : W16 D12 L22 Last time we met: 2007-08.

Promotion Odds: 100/30

Relegation Odds:  18/1

Following the arrival of John Still as boss, the Hatters secured promotion back to the Football League in 2014 after finishing top of the Conference Premier table – ending a five-year stay in non-league football.

The Kenilworth Road side enjoyed a good start to the 2014-15 campaign, but just missed out on the play-offs in the end.

And there will be a few familiar faces in the Hatters ranks with former goalkeeping coach and scout Kevin Dearden being re-united with defender Scott Cuthbert, who opted to join Luton in the summer following four seasons with the O’s.

MANSFIELD TOWN

Last season: 21st, League Two

League Record: W22 D13 L11 Last time we met: 2005-06

Promotion Odds: 12/1

Relegation Odds: 11/2

Adam Murray replaced former Stags boss Paul Cox in December 2014, and ensured a third successive year back in the Football League, following promotion from the Conference Premier in 2013 under Paul Cox.

It will be 10 seasons since the O’s last faced Mansfield in League Two, a season which ended in promotion for Orient.

MORECAMBE

Manager: Jim Bentley

Last season: 11th, League Two

League Record: NEVER PLAYED Last time we met: N/A

Promotion Odds: 12/1.

Relegation Odds: 5/1.

The O’s will face Morecambe for the first time in their history this season, while the Shrimps will be in League Two for the eighth successive season.

During those eight years, they missed out on promotion in the 2009-10 play-offs and narrowly avoided relegation the following season, before a series of mid-table finishes under Sammy McIlory and current boss Jim Bentley.

NEWPORT COUNTY

Manager: Terry Butcher

Last season: 9th, League Two

League Record: NEVER PLAYED Last time we met: N/A

Promotion Odds: 11/2

Relegation Odds: 8/1.

The Exiles will be managed by former England international Terry Butcher at the start of the 2015/16 campaign, following Justin Edinburgh’s move to Gillingham for the final few months of the season. Jimmy Dack had been place in temporary charge until Butcher’s appointment.

Edinburgh secured the Welsh outfit a spot in the Football League after winning promotion from the Conference Premier via a 2-0 play-off final win against Wrexham, ending their 25-year exile.

And after a solid 14th place finish in the 2013-14 season, just missed out on making the play-offs last term.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Manager: Chris Wilder

Last season: 12th, League Two

League Record: W24 D20 L28 Last time we met: 2008-09.

Promotion Odds: 100/30

Relegation Odds: 18/1.

Under boss Chris Wilder, the Cobblers picked up a mid-table finish last season.

Wilder joined Northampton in the 2013-14 campaign, where relegation looked a distinct possibility for a period of time, but picked up four wins in six games at the end of the season to secure their spot in League Two for another season.

NOTTS COUNTY

Manager: Ricardo Moniz

Last season: 21st, League One

League Record: W24 D18 L28 Last time we met: 2014-15

Promotion Odds: 9/2

Relegation Odds: 12/1

Along with the O’s, Notts County suffered relegation at the end of last season from League One.

The Magpies had got off to a fine start under Shaun Derry, but a poor spell of results saw them win just three of 24 games, and ultimately cost Derry his job.

Dutchman Ricardo Moniz was handed a three-year contract in April, but was unable to keep them in the division after a final day 3-1 loss at Gillingham.