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 tell us what their expectations are for 2012/13:

Chris Wilder (Oxford United)
"To go again. We've made progression every year since we have been back in The Football League. We were disappointed towards the back-end of last season because we put ourselves in a great position going into March, had a fantastic March, but we didn't seal it.

"There was a lot of disappointment but it's a new season, which brings renewed optimism, and it's up to us to go again in what is a tough league.

"There are a lot of good sides and a lot of them are improving, and we have to, too. We've not brought many players in, we're trying to improve the ones we have got already, particularly on the sports science side, making them more robust and getting the maximum potential out of them for 46 games."

Mark Robson (Barnet)
"Well I think the most important thing for us is to try and establish ourselves in this league and hopefully in the top half, as opposed to the bottom half - that's going to be the aim from day one."

Aidy Boothroyd (Northampton Town)
"The sensible manager would say, do better than what you did last year, and that will be progress. But, obviously, at this time of year, we're all very excited and very optimistic so I think if we can keep everybody fit and add to our squad slightly we will have a far better season that what we did last time around."

Gary Rowett (Burton Albion)
"Just to improve, particularly defensively looking at the last few seasons, and to get the most out of the group we've got.

"I think we've got quite a good group, a strong group, so if we can get the full potential out of them then we will see where that takes us. I don't really like to make predictions where we are going to finish but I'm obviously very ambitious and I don't see the point in aiming to finish low down in the division; it doesn't seem very progressive to do that."

Paul Cook (Accrington Stanley)
"First and foremost we have to stay in the division, there's no question about that, that's the first priority.

"Then, once you can, you aim to be as high as you can. It's a game were if you start accepting second best you will put up with it. The league starts with everyone on no points. We are going to do our best to win the league, course we are, but we have to have realistic ambitions in the league and we just want to do our best."

Paul Tisdale (Exeter City)
"I don't know. I've never given any predictions or expected anything particular, you just do the best you can do. Stay within your means, which is the first job of most managers, and improve the players. So my expectations would be to improve the team I've got."

Paul Raynor (Rotherham United - assistant manager)
"I think expectations are high - new stadium, new squad, new management team, to a certain extent, other than a few weeks at the end of last season. So expectations are high but we are down to the nitty-gritty now and we've got to perform, but we're looking forward to it. As I said, it's been a good pre-season, signs are good but we've got to go and do it on the park now."