The72 takes a look at the Football League’s bottom 5 clubs’ Managers to assess whether they will have enough to keep their clubs in The Football League.
Warren Feeney (Newport County)
After a poor start to the season following a summer of takeover turmoil County recovered well under former Manager John Sheridan to pull themselves out of the bottom two. The club have now given former Linfield boss Warren Feeney the opportunity to save the club. The 34 year old is relatively inexperienced as a Manager but has a wealth of Football League knowledge. Time will tell whether the Northern Irishman can steer the club to safety.
Ronnie Moore (Hartlepool United)
After an excellent start to the season Hartlepool United have stuttered of late and have rapidly dropped down the League 2 table. Manager Ronnie Moore worked wonders in keeping the club up last season and has been known to work miracles under a tight budget. Moore is a good motivator and can seemingly get performances out of players who are not the most talented and should save Pools from the drop.
John Still (Dagenham & Redbridge)
When John Still left the club for Luton Town he left a legacy at the Essex club which was always going to be difficult to build on. Wayne Burnett kept the club in The Football League but struggled this year and was sacked and replaced by former boss Still. John Still’s return to the club has given The Daggers a huge lift and the club have put in a couple of excellent performances since his return. Still is an excellent fit for Dagenham & Redbridge and should rescue the club from relegation trouble.
Darren Way (Yeovil Town)
Yeovil Town have had a torrid couple of years after suffering back to back relegations following their rise to the Chapmionship. After a huge turnover of players in the summer the club have spent almost the entire season so far in the relegation zone. Former player Darren Way was appointed Manager over the New Year period but his lack of managerial experience is a concern. Way has got a response from the players with the club recording a number of draws and a big win over relegation rivals York City but it will be interesting to see whether Way can install a winning habit at Huish Park.
Jackie McNamara (York City)
York City have struggled for consistency this season as a result of the club having a restricted budget with a number of sub-standard players in the second year of 2 year contracts. Performances on the pitch have been patchy with the club conceding far too many soft goals. Jackie McNamara was appointed as Manager in November replacing Russ Wilcox but fortunes have not yet improved at Bootham Crescent. McNamara has lost 8 of his first 10 matches in charge and has shown a loyalty towards fielding younger players after making a number of loan signings from higher division clubs’ academies. At this stage, it is unclear whether McNamara’s gamble in youth and limited knowledge of the English game will save The Minstermen.