By Gareth Willsher
AIDY BOOTHROYD (Manager)
Born: 08/02/1971, Baildon, West Yorkshire
Northampton Town appointed former Watford, Colchester United and Coventry City boss Aidy Boothroyd as their new manager in succession to Gary Johnson in November 2011. Boothroyd took over at Watford in 2005 and initially helped them stave off relegation to League One. He then caused a major shock as he won promotion to the Premier League with the Hornets in his first full season via the play-offs. Boothroyd then guided the club to the FA Cup semi-finals and a tie against Manchester United during their season in the top-flight. On Watford's return to the Championship, he again took them to the play-offs but they missed out on promotion. In September 2009, Boothroyd was appointed as manager of Colchester United. The Essex side were unbeaten in Boothroyd's first nine games, going on to finish eighth in League One in 2009/10. In May 2010 he was named as the new manager of Coventry City, and he took the club to 5th in the Championship in December 2010, before leaving in March 2011. This was his most recent managerial position before being handed the reins at Sixfields.
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ANDY KING (Assistant Manager)
The former Luton Town, Everton and QPR midfielder Andy King was appointed Northampton Town's assistant manager by new boss Aidy Boothroyd in November 2011. The experienced King has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a player, coach and manager and has previously managed Mansfield Town and Swindon Town and has been chief scout at Plymouth Argyle, Colchester United and Ipswich Town.
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TIM FLOWERS (Goalkeeping Coach )
Tim Flowers was born in Kenilworth and began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1984.
He quickly broke into the first team, becoming their regular goalkeeper by his 18th birthday. After Wolves fell into the Fourth Division to complete a hat-trick of successive relegations, they had to sell Flowers as part of the effort to avoid bankruptcy and he joined First Division club Southampton for £70,000. He was understudy to Peter Shilton in 1986–87, but managed nine league appearances (the first against Manchester United in mid September) and also played a further nine games on loan to Swindon Town in the Third Division. He made another nine league appearances in 1987–88 (by which time Shilton had joined Derby County) and returned to Swindon for a five-match loan spell, before becoming Southampton's regular goalkeeper in the 1989–90 season.
Within a couple of years of becoming Southampton's first choice goalkeeper, Flowers was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the English league and inevitable rumours of a transfer to a bigger club began.
He finally left Southampton on 4 November 1993 when a £2.4 million move to Blackburn Rovers made him the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain. His excellent goalkeeping wasn't quite enough to win Blackburn the Premier League title that season, but they did finish second to Manchester United, and went one better the following year when they won their first top division title since 1914.
He remained at Ewood Park for another four seasons before Blackburn were relegated in 1999 and he was transferred to Leicester City, where he collected a Football League Cup winner's medal in his first season. He stayed with them for one season after their relegation to Division One two years later before retiring as a player.
His final appearance for Leicester City was against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in May 2003. It was the final game of the season, and with Leicester 1–0 down, Flowers came on as a late substitute. Flowers also won 11 caps with England between 1993 and 1998. He was in the squads for both Euro 96 in England and the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
Following a spell as goalkeeper coach for both Leicester City and Manchester City, on 19 February 2007 he was appointed as assistant manager to Iain Dowie at Coventry City. Flowers left Coventry on 11 February 2008 after Dowie was sacked, before joining him again at Queens Park Rangers. He left the assistant manager's role at QPR as well after Dowie was sacked again.
In February 2010, he was appointed goalkeeper coach at Northampton Town, before he re-joined Dowie when he was appointed as assistant manager at Premier League club, Hull City. In October 2010 he was appointed manager of Conference North team Stafford Rangers, before returning to Sixfields as goalkeeping coach. He was appointed caretaker manager in 2011 following the departure of Gary Johnson and David Lee.
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