We have spent the last couple of weeks catching up with Managers around the country to get their views on three topics ahead of the new season; their expectations, their predictions for their division's dark horses and the names of any players to keep an eye on.

We will bring you their thoughts over the next three days, starting today with their expectations for 2011/12:

Sam Allardyce (West Ham United)
"There is no doubt we will look to bounce back at the first time of asking. That is obviously a difficult thing to do because when you look at the last few years it hasn't been as easy as people think. Generally only one side out of the three that were relegated has managed to bounce back. We have to try and make sure that we are that one club that is going to get right back."

Sean Dyche (Watford)
"Just to challenge on a weekly basis. We are a development club and one coming out of a long winded financial transition really. It takes time and we have to build steadily and move forward steadily. We think we can do that and it is just a gradual process."

Sven Goran Eriksson (Leicester City)
"Expectation is very high. We will try to do everything to get promoted."

Simon Grayson (Leeds United)
"There are always high expectations [at Leeds] every season regardless of which division we are in. We had a good season last year. We were new into the npower Championship and finished seventh and like every other team in the division you want to be in the top six at the very least. It will be difficult, there are some good teams in there but we feel that we will be able to replicate last year if not go even better."

Keith Hill (Barnsley)
"To improve. We've had a good pre-season so I'm looking for improvement, definitely."

Keith Millen (Bristol City)
"Our sights are on promotion. It is important that we get off to a better start than we did last year and be more consistent. If you can do that and come January you are up there then the way the league is you tend to stay up there."

Malky Mackay (Cardiff City)
"We are a new group. We had twelve players leave in the summer so I have had to do a re-building job in terms of who we have brought in and bringing everyone together as a squad. There is a new team of staff and new players but they are a passionate bunch of people down in South Wales and it is a fantastic club I have joined. We will look to do the best we can this year."

Andy Thorne (Coventry City)
"To start well and then to try and maintain it. We are not setting any targets, just taking each game as it comes and we will see where we finish."