By Gareth Willsher
JUSTIN EDINBURGH (Manager)
Northampton Town appointed Justin Edinburgh as the club's manager on a two and a half year contract in January 2017. As a player, Edinburgh spent the majority of his career with Tottenham, making more than 200 appearances. He also represented Southend and Portsmouth. After spells in charge of Billericay Town and Fisher Athletic, Edinburgh became the manager of Rushden & Diamonds. After a successful two and a half years in charge of the Diamonds where he took them to the Conference play offs, Edinburgh was appointed manager of Newport County in October 2011. At the time County were 23rd in the Conference, but Edinburgh turned their fortunes around, leading them away from relegation trouble and to the FA Trophy final. Their progress continued the following season and after a 3rd place finish in 2012/13 he led the Exiles back to the Football League via the Conference play offs. Edinburgh was appointed the manager of Gillingham in February 2015 after the Gills agreed to pay County compensation for his services and the Gills had only won 8 of their first 28 league games that season, but following Edinburgh’s appointment they secured 30 points from their last 18 games, recording eight wins, ensuring Edinburgh led his new club to 62 points. He then guided the Gills to a top ten finish in 2015/16, challenging for the play offs for much of the season before a run of injuries to key players hindered their chances. He parted company with the Kent club at the start of 2017. Edinburgh held an impressive 41% win ratio over nearly 400 games as a manager in charge of Rushden & Diamonds, Newport County and Gillingham.
DAVID KERSLAKE (Assistant Manager)
This is David Kerslake's second spell at Sixfields, as he was assistant manager during Colin Calderwood's successful spell when he helped guide the Cobblers to promotion in 2006. As a player, Kerslake represented QPR, Swindon Town, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Ipswich Town while he has now become a very respected coach, with his coaching career including spells with Forest, Watford, Cardiff and Gillingham.