The newest manager is Halifax Town's Chris Wilder,
appointed only in July. With Halifax going through severe financial turmoil
after being relegated from the football League, Chris has been forced to start
with virtually a blank sheet of paper at the Shay, building his playing squad
The next newest faces are Peter Shreeves at Barnet and Wayne
Turner at Stevenage Borough both appointed in March. The pressure to achieve is
more likely to be felt by Turner than Shreeves though with Barnet ineligible for
promotion this season due to their Underhill ground.
It is noticeable that all these clubs are ones that would
expect to be doing better than they actually are, a common thread in clubs who
change horses regularly. Dave Penney and Mark Wright at Doncaster and Chester
were also appointed in 2002.
It is also interesting to note that the sides that have
come up and been successful in recent seasons have managers with above the
average time in charge, Margate, Farnborough, Leigh and the Daggers being cases
in point. Of this seasons promoted sides Gravesend's Andy Ford has been in
place five years and Burton's Nigel Clough nearly four.