Why Scunthorpe United Fans should be Hopeful for the 2019/20 Season

Scunthorpe’s relegation to the fourth tier of English football was heartbreaking, there is no getting around that.

We don’t really need to be reminded, but Scunthorpe’s league form in 2019 was appalling. The Iron only managed to register two league victories from February until the end of the season which, ultimately, sealed their fate.

In the previous two seasons, Scunthorpe finished in the play-off positions which makes relegation to League 2 even more difficult to swallow.

Once the new season comes around, Scunthorpe will have the chance to retain some of their pride and push for immediate promotion back to League 1.

We might be a bit biased, but we believe that the Iron will do just that and let us tell you why.

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A Fresh Squad

Scunthorpe’s dismal 2019/20 campaign wasn’t helped by a lot dead wood in the squad. In the summer, there is the chance to make much needed wholesale changes.

Improvements can be made throughout the squad. Most pertinently, strikers are needed. Scunthorpe’s struggles in front of goal were perhaps the leading contributors to the relegation.

New manager Paul Hurst will be hunting around the market for new strikers, which we should all be excited about.

Scunthorpe are also expected to make signings in defence and midfield to strengthen the squad and to help build some much-needed resilience, organisation and stability. Truthfully, many of Scunthorpe’s defenders showed that they were simply not good enough last season.

Iron favourite Andy Butler will return to Scunthorpe this summer on a one-year contract. This is a shrewd signing, and Butler’s experience could be key in the push for promotion.

Also, goalkeeper Rory Watson won’t be a new signing, but it will certainly feel like it given the injuries he suffered last term.

A fresh squad is something all of us will welcome, and it is definitely a reason to be hopeful for the season ahead.

New Manager

Paul Hurst is an experienced manager who can bring to Scunthorpe the type of qualities which are desperately needed.

Hurst is renowned for building solid, hard-working and organised teams which are hard to play against, qualities which Scunthorpe sorely lacked last season.

Whilst his tenure at Ipswich Town last season is considered a failure, Hurst is still a highly respected manager in the Football League.

Hurst expertly transformed Shrewsbury Town from relegation contenders to automatic promotion contenders, despite working with a poor side.

Hurst has no qualms with getting rid of players who don’t have the grit and fight to live up to his high standards. This discipline and determination which he instils into his players is precisely what Scunthorpe need to turn around their fortunes and make a push for promotion.

With the full backing of chairman Peter Swann, Hurst will conduct the changes needed to transform the mentality and attitude around Glanford Park.

Only Way is Up

We don’t want to tempt fate, but it can’t really get any worse for Scunthorpe after last season’s fiasco.

Relegation to League 2 might be a blessing in disguise considering the big changes expected in the summer.

Even if Scunthorpe don’t manage to gain immediate promotion, the stability and structure which Hurst can bring will be invaluable.

After the utterly shambolic performance of last season, surely things can only get better. So, with that being said, let’s all keep positive for the season ahead.

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