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WE’VE had a spec­tac­u­lar out­break of hang­dog fa­tal­ism amongst Foot­ball League man­agers re­cently.

First, we had Dougie Freed­man writ­ing off For­est’s pro­mo­tions hopes. “I never thought the play­offs were a pos­si­bil­ity,” he said. “I al­ways thought we were too far away.”

Then, down in League One, came Terry ‘the voice of doom’ Skiver­ton. “It’s prob­a­bly the end of what we’ve been try­ing to do,” he said af­ter Yeovil slipped nine points adrift of safety at the foot of League One. “We’ve gone out with a whim­per. Now it’s about pride.”

And Phil Brown re­acted to Southend’s de­feat at Bur­ton by claim­ing a six-point gap to third left his play­ers “no chance” of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion from League Two.

You’d al­most think they just wanted to take the pres­sure off their play­ers for the run-in…

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