League One Preview - Is it time for the Blades?

Nigel Adkins will be expected to deliver where Nigel Clough failed and guide Sheffield United back to the Championship.

It has to be time for Sheffield United to gain promotion from League One. Nigel Clough was given the boot during the summer in favour of a manager that has seen it and done it at third-tier level.

Nigel Adkins was appointed as Clough's successor and the Birkenhead-born former goalkeeper has been successful with Scunthorpe and Southampton at getting out of League One.

The Blades have brought back fans' favourite Billy Sharp for a third spell at his home-town club. Adkins has worked with Sharp before at Glanford Park and St Mary's and the 29-year-old will be expected to fire the South Yorkshire club to promotion after a four-year wait in the third tier.

Sheffield United start their campaign at Gillingham. Justin Edinburgh's men ended last season in decent form, but are not expected to progress much further than a top-ten finish.

Wigan have invested wisely in their squad which has bags of League One experience. Rookie boss Gary Caldwell appears to have moulded a squad which knows the division and coupled with some players that are perhaps too good for League One, they should be one of the two for automatic promotion. The Latics face a tricky start at Coventry who will be expected to trouble the top six this season after a poor campaign last term.

Whilst Millwall have been tipped for automatic promotion, maybe the play-offs is a more realistic aim. The re-signing (for a third time) of Steve Morison from Leeds United is a good one and the former Norwich striker will certainly add to the quality in the squad. The Lions start their season away at newly-promoted Shrewsbury Town.

Last season's beaten play-off finalists Swindon Town have lost some key players from their campaign last term and are not expected to push much higher than a possible top-ten finish. They have lost striker Andy Williams and possibly Michael Smith before the season opener, which will be against Bradford at the County Ground.

Doncaster Rovers have invested well in an attacking sense in the summer and maybe an outside bet for the play-offs. The signing of Andy Williams is a key one and they will hope to improve upon a poor home record last season.

Once again Crewe have been inserted as the relegation favourites for the fourth consecutive season. Manager Steve Davis has been at the helm for the past four terms and has added five new faces to the squad that escaped relegation on the final day for the second successive year. It may be one season too many this time around though. Crewe begin what could be a tough campaign with a local derby against Port Vale.

After a season of turmoil in the Championship nothing is expected to change for Blackpool in League One. New manager, Neil McDonald, has seen a turnover of 23 players during the summer and is still looking to add to the squad at this stage. The Tangerines travel to another side who may well have a relegation fight on their hands in Colchester United.

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