Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper believes the promotion race will be tougher than it was last season. 

Rovers finished fifth last season, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Tranmere Rovers back in May. 

Cooper is aiming for another promotion push but feels Forest Green have no divine right as there's a large number of clubs who look well placed to challenge. 

"I think everyone will look and say Forest Green got in the play-offs last year so minimum is play-offs again," he said. 

"But I think there's 16/17 teams who could all realistically get in the shake up this year, there's a lot of big teams in the league. 

"We've got no God given right but we're going to try."

There are strong teams coming down from League One but Cooper also pointed out that the clubs coming up from the National League could also pose a threat. 

"Leyton Orient's a big club," he stated. 

"Salford City have amazing owners that can go and enable them to compete at the top of the league financially so good luck to them. 

"You look at Plymouth Argyle, Scunthorpe United, Walsall and Bradford City with 15,000 every week, Mansfield are still there paying money so there is no guarantees. 

"It's a challenge but I'm certainly looking forward to it." 

Watch our full interview with the Rovers boss who also discussed the departures of Christian Doidge and Reece Brown, his new signings and the challenge of Oldham Athletic. 

Watch below.