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📝 Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 Preview: Scunthorpe United

We continue our Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 preview with a look at Scunthorpe United

26 June 2019

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Scunthorpe United stadium Glanford Park

Former Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst will be targeting immediate promotion back to Sky Bet League One with new team Scunthorpe United in 2019-20.

Relegated on final day of League One 2018-19 season

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The Iron were relegated to Sky Bet League Two last term after a run of just one win in their final 14 games of the campaign.

They had a tough season, and had three managers by the end of the campaign – Nick Daws, Stuart McCall, and Andy Dawson.

They eventually finished second-bottom, on 46 points – four adrift of safety – with a -30 goal difference.

Paul Hurst

The former Town boss became Scunthorpe manager in May, as the Iron replaced caretaker manager Andy Dawson.

Hurst has an impressive managerial record, and guided Town back to the EFL after a six-year stay in the National League in 2016.

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He also took relegation favourites Shrewsbury Town to the League One play-off final in 2018 before a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Rotherham United.

And the 44-year-old, who had a brief spell in charge of Championship side Ipswich Town last season, will now be hoping to add another promotion to his CV with Scunthorpe in 2019-20.

Players

The Iron have signed experienced defender Andy Butler – who came through the youth academy at Glanford Park in 2002 – from League One side Doncaster Rovers.

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Scunthorpe have the bulk of their squad under contract ahead of the new campaign, including Funso Ojo, Kevin van Veen, Rory McArdle, Adam Hammill, and Lee Novak.

Byron Webster, Josh Morris, and Jonathan Flatt all became free agents after their contracts expired, and were subsequently allowed to find new clubs.

Fixtures v the Iron

Town host Scunthorpe at Blundell Park on Saturday, December 21, before facing the Iron at Glanford Park on Saturday, March 7.

Grimsby Town 2019-20 season tickets are available here.


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