News From Manchester: League One boss’ new campaign prediction for Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday & Derby County

The line-up for the third tier of English football for the 2022/23 campaign is almost completed. Next weekend's League Two play-off final between Port Vale and Mansfield Town will see the victors join a highly competitive division next season.

Wanderers finished ninth in the campaign which has recently concluded and are among several ex-Premier League teams in the division. Ipswich Town, Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic are just three others.

In the play-offs, Sunderland were promoted to the Championship after victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley. MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday reached the top six and will be in League One again next season, while Derby County, Barnsley and Peterborough United were relegated from the Championship.

Plymouth Argyle and Robinson's Oxford missed out on the play-offs too having been contenders until late in the campaign. Though Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United have been promoted too, League One remains a challenging prospect next campaign.

And despite the high standard that was seen this campaign, with a total of 83 points needed to reach the play-offs, U's boss Robinson believes League One will be an even better division next season. He believes Ian Evatt's side are among a big group of teams which will have their sights set at the upper echelons of the league.

Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Robinson said: The leagues going to be better. Ipswich, Charlton, Portsmouth and Bolton will have a go.

Three of that four (who reached the play-offs) are still going to be in this league with Derby County, Barnsley and Peterborough coming down (from the Championship). I only foresee it getting harder to try to stay in the top ten and thats something weve got to be better at as well.

There are some big teams in the top seven of the league below so theyre only going to make the league stronger. This year the bottom part of the league was so disconnected.

We always say 50 points is the benchmark so if this (the promotion race) gets stronger, that gets lower.

I dont think its so much about the top teams, I think its about how strong the league is from top to bottom and thats what balances out the averages.

Thats where the averages will hopefully come down, because its going to be hard.

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