We have spent the last couple of weeks catching up with managers around the country to get their thoughts and feelings on three topics ahead of the new season; their pre-season campaigns, their expectations, and the teams they are tipping for the top.

A selection of npower League 1 bosses tell us what their expectations are for 2012/13:

Gary Smith (Stevenage)
"Again, we're looking for promotion. Last season was a very exciting one and a very productive one; to get through to the Play-Offs by the smallest of margins for a Wembley final, you have to be looking to remedy that in the following season.

"We've made some nice additions and things are looking good so that's what we're in search of again."

Graham Westley (Preston North End)
"I don't look beyond the first game. I look at the first game and hope and expect to win it, then take each game one at a time from there. If you look beyond that I think you have the recipe for a disaster."

Russell Slade (Leyton Orient)
"Everybody has expectations at the start of the season, everybody thinks they have a chance. It's a fresh start again for all the clubs in the League. We had a disappointing season last year but the season before that we had a terrific season, with a cup run, and finished one point outside of the Play-Offs. We will hope to get somewhere near that again.

"It's a very competitive league and im sure all the other managers will feel the same."

Andy Thorn (Coventry City)
"Well, we're obviously looking to win as many games as we can. It was disappointing getting relegated last season but we want to have a real good go at going back up straight away."

Paolo Di Canio (Swindon Town)
"It is not easy to predict this. We have built a good team with quality and experience - a mix of young talented players with a mix of players with knowledge and quality. Only the real test can tell us where we can finish. I'm sure we have a good team but it is difficult to predict where we can finish."

Paul Dickov (Oldham Athletic)
"It's going to be tough. We've got a much smaller squad than we had last year, due to the budget restrictions we've got, but I believe we've brought good players in.

"We are bringing in players at the minute that have been at bigger clubs but it has not worked out for them and we're going to try and get their careers back on track by getting them playing football. Yet again, like the last two years, if we get three of four injuries we're going to struggle so we need that little bit of luck and keep everyone fit."

Steve Davis (Crewe Alexandra)
"We always have expectations as have the supporters now we've got promoted. We want to be high achievers if we can; we want to set our standards high so we'll just finish as high as we can. The lads are raring to go and looking forward to the challenge so we'll wait and see."

Uwe Rosler (Brentford)
"To be better than last year. We have now been in the same situation in terms of budget for the past four years, we have the same financial framework to work with but obviously we want to be better. Last year we made a step and this year I expect us to make another step."