Clarke, Flitcroft... Freedman?! The 8 best tacticians in the Football League

1. Derek Adams (Plymouth Argyle)

Beaten by ‘better teams’ in Portsmouth and Oxford, ‘lucky’ to edge out Notts County and Accrington, ‘unconvincing’ against a string of also-rans. There are plenty lining up to discredit Plymouth, yet Adams’ ability to switch formations from week to week – and often within the course of games – means they are currently lording it over League Two, five points clear at the summit. If the Pilgrims maintain their current run rate of 2.19 points per game, they will finish the campaign on 101 points. And why not? It’s not as if opponents have an easy code to crack or an established pattern to study and overcome. Even if opponents find one, they can be rest assured that Argyle will quickly adapt and morph into something else.

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