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The week that was - 16/5 - 22/5

23 May 2016 takes a look at the biggest news stories from last week in Sky Bet League One...

Football League propose changes
The Football League has distributed a discussion document to its member clubs ahead of its summer conference and AGM next month, asking clubs to consider the re-organisation of the domestic league system into five divisions of 20 teams from the 2019/20 season.
Under the proposal, the Football League would become a four division competition below the Premier League, including a new League Three, with 100 clubs competing across the professional game.

In addition, the League Cup and League Trophy will be retained with the latter potentially having a revised format include a group structure of three games before becoming a knockout competition thereafter.

Play-off finalists confirmed
Barnsley will face Millwall in the League One Play-Off final after both sides came through their semi finals.

The Tykes beat Walsall 6-1 over two legs while the Lions saw off Bradford City, beating them 3-1 at Valley Parade before drawing 1-1 at the New Den.

The Final takes place at Wembley Stadium this Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, in League Two, AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle will go head-to-head for a place in English football's third tier in 2016/17.

AFC Wimbledon defeated Accrington Stanley in their semi final and the Pilgrims got the better of Portsmouth, winning the tie courtesy of a late Peter Hartley header in the second leg.

The League Two Play-Off final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday.

Here's what else happened last week in League One...

Sunday 22nd May
German investors buy Bradford
Bradford City have confirmed that the club has been sold to two German investors.

The Yorkshire club, who were beaten in the League One play-offs by Millwall on Friday, announced the news on Twitter but will make no further comment until Tuesday.

Friday 20th May
Blades make changes
Sheffield United have released 10 players, including Jose Baxter, Bob Harris, Mark Howard, Jay McEveley and Jamal Campbell-Ryce while a number of others have been transfer-listed, namely James Wallace and Dean Hammond.

Goalkeeper George Long, however, has been offered new terms by the Bramall Lane outfit.

Defender departs Dale for Fleetwood
Fleetwood Town bolstered their defence with the signing of Ashley Eastham following his departure from Rochdale.

Eastham will officially join Town on 1st July after agreeing a two-year deal.

Shrews release seven
Shrewsbury have released seven out-of-contract players and offered six a new contract.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Mickey Demetriou, Elliot Grandin, Jermaine Grandison, Scott Vernon, Jordan Clark and James Caton will all leave Greenhous Meadow but Callum Burton, Junior Brown, Mark Halstead, Nat Knight-Percival, Jayson Leutwiler and James Wesolowski have been offered new deals by Salop.

Thursday 19th May
Northampton name manager
Northampton appointed Rob Page as their new manager on Thursday.

The 41-year-old, who leaves Port Vale after guiding them to a 12th-placed finish last season, succeeds Chris Wilder, who quit the League Two champions last week to take charge of boyhood club Sheffield United.

Wednesday 18th May
Cod Army capture striker
Fleetwood Town made striker Ashley Nadesan their first signing of the summer on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old joins the Cod Army from Combined Counties Football League side Horley Town for an undisclosed fee after scoring 99 goals in two seasons for the Surrey-based club.

Tuesday 17th May
Hayden heads to London Road
Peterborough United followed up Monday's managerial appointment by making their first signing of the summer, capturing Hayden White on a free transfer following his release from Bolton Wanderers.

The 21-year-old defender, who spent the latter part of the 2015/16 season at Blackpool, signed a two-year deal.

Fleetwood lose Maxwell
Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Chris Maxwell will join Preston North End when his contract expires at the end of June.

The Welshmen made 102 appearances for the Cod Army and was named Player of the Year after the 2014/15 campaign. He has moved to Deepdale on a three-year deal.

Monday 16th May
McCann named Peterborough manager
Peterborough United appointed Grant McCann as their new manager last Monday.

The former Posh player has signed a four-year contract with the London Road outfit and will be joined in the dugout by Mark Tyler (goalkeeper coach) , David Farrell (Under-21s manager) and Jack Collison (Under-18s manager).

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