Official club statement
Northampton Town Football Club can confirm that this morning the club received an official approach from Charlton Athletic Football Club for the services of Manager Chris Wilder and Assistant Manager Alan Knill.
Due to release clauses in their existing contracts, the club have regrettably given permission for talks to take place.
Chairman Kelvin Thomas said, "As is common knowledge I have an excellent relationship with both Chris and Alan, and we as a club and myself personally would obviously be very sorry to see them go.
“We had already begun discussions about much improved new deals, but I think it is fair to say we would not be able to match both the salary and the playing budget for next season that a club the size of Charlton could offer.
"We have known for a while that Chris and Alan would be targets due to the fantastic success they have achieved, and together we have already turned down some interest from other clubs, but after discussions this morning I respect their decision to meet Charlton."
Chris Wilder added, "My relationship with the Chairman and the fans is going to make this a very difficult decision, but I do feel at this stage of my career it is one I need to explore.”
Kelvin Thomas continued, “One of the things that we have discussed with both Charlton and Chris is that we want a quick decision so that if we have to, we can begin the process of finding a new manager in good time. We have a very strong, stable club with an excellent group of players, and it will be a very attractive job.”