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Stockport League One Odds: Dave Challinor's Hatters 16/1 to conquer new division

Stockport County are 5/1 to win back-to-back promotions as they prepare for their first season in League One since 2010.

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Those who questioned Mark Stott's sanity when the incoming Stockport County owner said in 2020 that he envisaged Championship football at Edgeley Park within seven years could soon be eating humble pie.

Local businessman Stott had just purchased a club who a few months earlier had been playing in the National League North, yet with his investments and ambition he insisted the sky was the limit for the Hatters.

Now, after back-to-back promotions, Stockport have made it to League One, just one step away from Stott's promised land and are 5/1 to win promotion to the Championship in what would be two years ahead of schedule.

Well-run, well-funded and led by a manager in Dave Challinor who has won seven promotions in the last 13 years with four different clubs, there is no shortage of optimism as they prepare to go toe to toe with some real sleeping giants of the calibre of Charlton, Reading, Huddersfield and Birmingham.

Expectation comes with success and last season could not have been more successful as they erased memories of the previous year's play-off final loss to Carlisle at Wembley by romping to the League Two title with 92 points.

They did so after a sticky start with just one win in their first six, going on a 12-game winning streak, the highlight of which had to be the 5-0 drubbing of title rivals Wrexham. They would go on to put five more past Doncaster, MK Dons and Notts County and clubbed poor Sutton 8-0 with Paddy Madden bagging a hat-trick.

They completed the campaign as the division's top scorers, falling just four short of the magical 100-goal barrier.

The 34-year-old Madden is the highest-profile departure of the summer, moving to Chesterfield after failing to agree a new deal at Edgeley Park.

Skipper Madden was followed out of the door by another veteran, 32-year-old midfield anchorman Antoni Sarcevic, who also failed to agree on fresh terms with Stott.

The owner has made it clear he wants more youth in the squad, with Jay Mingi, 23, outstanding at the back end of last season with Colchester, the first player through the door.

With Madden gone, Challinor will want to replenish his strike force and find a partner for last term's top scorer, 20-goal Tanto Olaofe, and is acutely aware that if the Hatters are to challenge for promotion a number of reinforcements will be required.

Stockport were a tier-two side as recently as 2002 and their fall from grace has been remarkable.

Stott, their ambitious owner, has pledged to return the club back to those heights and with a decent budget and no end of optimism, they will believe it is possible this season.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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