Last season was one to forget for Iron fans as it was all capped off with relegation into League Two. Although that disappointment was hard to take, focus now is on the 2019/2020 campaign as we look to make an immediate return back to League One, just like we did when we dropped down to this level in 2013.
The bookmakers have installed Scunthorpe in their outright betting at 9/1 next season, while they are 5/2 to gain promotion. Here are three reasons why the Iron could be a good bet to lift the League Two title.
Paul Hurst at the helm
— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial) June 7, 2019
Paul Hurst’s appointment as first-team manager last month was a real coup for the club and it must give fans a lot of confidence that the future is bright as his record as a manager is really strong. It wasn’t long ago that Hurst almost guided Shrewsbury into the Championship, just a season after helping them stay in League One.
Hurst gained promotion with Ilkeston Town, Boston and Grimsby so he knows all about what it takes to lead a team to success. Hurst is working hard to bring in the right players this summer and he has made a good start by bringing Andy Butler back to Glanford Park. There should be more additions coming over the next few weeks and hopefully, they fit into exactly what Hurst needs to build a successful team.
Salford may have reached their level
The early favourites in the League Two outright market are Salford City at 7/1 following their promotion from the National League last year. A lot has been documented about Salford due to their owners, however, this is their first step into league football. They deserve to be at the top end of the betting, however, they look too short now so if you are looking for some early football tips, Scunthorpe at 9/1 are the better value to lift the League Two title.
Lee Novak will score plenty in League Two
On this day in 2010, Lee Novak scored a last-minute winner as Huddersfield Town beat Walsall 4-3 in League One. The Saddlers fought back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, but Antony Kay and Novak scored in added time to hand the Terriers all three points. #htafc pic.twitter.com/y4DgieiFMz
— ExaminerLive HTAFC (@ExaminerHTAFC) April 13, 2018
Without stating the obvious, to gain from any league in football, you need goalscorers and with Lee Novak, the Iron have a player who should fill his boots at this level. The 30-year-old was one of the few players who could hold his head up high last season as he scored 13 goals in a struggling team.
The ex-Huddersfield man has never played in League Two and he should appreciate the drop down in level where the defences aren’t quite as strong as he is used to. Since signing from Charlton in 2017, Novak has proved to be a fantastic acquisition. Hopefully, he will get the support he needs next season so everything doesn’t rest on his shoulders once again.
Let’s hope we are all celebrating promotion next season and by backing the Iron with the bookmakers, it could be double joy in May.