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 2 bosses give us their pre-season reviews in our first of three questions:

Chris Wilder (Oxford United)
"Pre-season was good, but hard work - like everybody's I should imagine. We just tried to get through it injury-free because we suffered a lot of injuries last year, and them players are just coming back.

"It's good to have them lads back and have them running around on the ball after they missed out towards the back-end of last season.

"We played West Ham, went away for eight days, playing three games out in Boston, and then came back and played Cardiff, so it was well scheduled and planned and we just tried to get the maximum out of it."

Mark Robson (Barnet)
"Very good, we've been back in for a few weeks and the players have come back looking decent and fit."

Aidy Boothroyd (Northampton Town)
"Pre-season has been up and down, as they generally are. You don't want them too good because you will only have one way to go. You don't want them too bad because it means everybody is depressed before the season begins.

"We've had a big turnaround at our place but I'm really pleased with the lads that have come in. You're always a little bit concerned, even though you do your work and your background checks on players, but I'm thrilled to say we have got some real good ones in compared to what we had before."

Gary Rowett (Burton Albion)
"Pre-season has been great. It's always very difficult because some of the games are perhaps not the sort of games you'll face when the season starts. We've played Aston Villa, Derby County and Leicester City. It's gone well though, we've recruited quite a few players who seem to have knitted in fairly well."

Paul Cook (Accrington Stanley)
"Pre-season has been great, very good. Everything went very well. It's a notorious bad time for players but everything has gone perfectly."

Paul Tisdale (Exeter City)
"Pre-season was uneventful, which is a good thing. It's always a important that you don't have too much drama, injuries or problems, and we haven't encountered any. We have a healthy squad - nicely balanced and working towards the start of the season."

Paul Raynor (Rotherham United - assistant manager)
"Pre-season has been very good. We have had different types of games; we've played Championship clubs, Hearts from the SPL and Mansfield Town and Stamford in non-league, so a full spectrum and different types of games. But, on the whole, everything's been very positive and we feel as though we are pretty much ready to go."