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 who they are tipping for the top this season:

Chris Wilder (Oxford United)
"I should imagine every manager will be talking about Fleetwood Town and Rotherham United. They are the two stand-out teams, for obvious reasons. Off the back of that, there's 12-14 teams that will fancy their chances of getting into the top three, if not that then most certainly into the top seven.

"Bradford, our first-day opponents, Bristol Rovers, Northampton under Aidy Boothroyd and then the teams that went fantastically well last year - Torquay United, Cheltenham Town and Southend, too.

"It's a very tough league but consistency will be the key. For us, just having a robust squad that can go the 46 games will be fantastic. I'm sure if we can do that then we will be up there again."

Mark Robson (Barnet)
"Of course, there's going to be a few. Gillingham, Rotherham in particular but I think it will be pretty open this year and I hope we are one of those that are up there as well."

Aidy Boothroyd (Northampton Town)
"I think our division is probably one of the most open in years. The teams that have come up from the the Blue Square Premier - York and Fleetwood - are strong, Fleetwood in particular have a lot of financial backing so I expect them to be good this year.

"And the teams that came down - Rochdale know the League inside out, as does their manager John Coleman, Wycombe have also come down, as have Exeter, and they are both good teams.

"The likes of Southend and Torquay will be there, and Cheltenham surprised me last year, they were outstanding.

"So, you look at all of that, and add the guys that are usually at the top like Oxford, and it could be one any of 10 teams that, if they can keep their players fit, could have a promotion-winning season."

Gary Rowett (Burton Albion)
"I think if you look at the way Rotherham have recruited, they're obviously going to be quite strong. I expect Northampton to be up there and the likes of Fleetwood but I think it's a very strong division again this year. Everyone seems to be changing a lot of personnel and having a real good go at strengthening their squads and I think it's going to be a really good challenge, which I'm looking forward to."

Paul Cook (Accrington Stanley)
"I don't really look at other teams, I'm only interested in ourselves and what we do."

Paul Tisdale (Exeter City)
"I don't know. I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of League 2, I haven't been in it for three years. There will always be a surprise or two and I think my job over the first half of the season is to familiarise myself and understand the league. I

"I know there is a lot of good teams, some good managers, I think it's going to be like most years in League 2, an open league. The fact that Play-Offs go down to position seven keeps a lot of people involved and a lot of teams in with a chance."

Paul Raynor (Rotherham United - assistant manager)
"I don't know so much about title-favourites, we think we will do well. Obviously we wouldn't have assembled the squad we have with the intention of not doing well. We've signed some quality players but so have a lot of other teams and I'm sure there are a lot of other teams with aspirations of doing very well this season.

"Your Fleetwood's, your Bradford's have all put together strong squads and they're looking strong but we feel like we're in a position to kick on and do very well this season, but the proof of the pudding is out on the park. If we work hard, with the quality we've got in the side then we think we'll do okay."