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"We'll be better equipped next season"

9 May 2013

GT expecting a tough League 1 next season

Graham Turner believes League One will be a very strong division next season with Wolves coming down from the Championship and Sheffield United also still at this level following their play-off semi-final defeat.
He also welcomes the number of local games Shrewsbury can look forward to and believes Town will be better equipped to handle the challenge ahead after a year's experience in League One.   
"There's Wolves, Coventry, Walsall, Port Vale so there's some good games in there," said the manager. "With Sheffield United staying in there, it's going to be a tough league.
"We hope that we've learned a lesson from this season and we'll be better equipped to deal with first division football next season.
"I believe we will and there is no reason for us to look forward with anything other than optimism.
"I do think there's a lot of work to be done this close season but, again, I'm optimistic that we can achieve what we've set out to do and that is to build a squad of players that can take us forward."
GT added playing Wolves would be two great fixtures for Town to look forward to, but as a popular former Molineux manager and a man who is in Wolves Hall of Fame, their latest relegation saddened him.  

"It's a sad state of affairs when a club as big as that who do not appear to have financial difficulties find themselves in League One," he said.
"They've had four managers in a very short space of time so players have got to look at themselves, that's where the blame lies. 
"You can't have four managers in 15 months and not point the finger somewhere else because they're not all bad managers. The common fact there is the players.
"I shouldn't be sat here giving advice to Wolves. They're our rivals next season, but it just bugs me when I see a big club like that, one I supported as a boy, dropping down into the first division.
"But they will be very welcome here and it will be nice to go back to Molineux and renew some old friendships there. 
"They're two great fixtures for us. The season before last we were four divisions apart and now we find ourselves in the same division so it's an interesting prospect." 

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