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KEY POINTS FROM THE KELVIN THOMAS UPDATE

The topics covered from this week's update with the Chairman

21 July 2018

Northampton Town Chairman Kelvin Thomas has provided a wide ranging update to supporters this week.

In an interview filmed at the club's Spanish training camp, the Cobblers Chairman spoke about the squad, the new season, the East Stand and ongoing talks about the future of the club.

The full interview is currently playing on our YouTube channel, but some of the key points are shown below.

THE SQUAD

"It was a good week in Spain, it was good to see the squad, Dean Austin and his staff in a different environment and they worked very hard.

"The key for this summer has been players not going out and retaining who we wanted. After a relegation there are always people saying the club doesn't have any money and needs to sell players etc but we sat down and said to Dean that we will go about our business quietly, and we stressed that we are well funded and that we didn't have to lose any players for financial reasons. We said if we lose players it will be for footballing reasons and so far this summer we have turned down offers for some of our players and Dean and I have talked to the players about those offers.

"We always take a view that if players don't want to be here then we will allow them to go but that will only happen once we receive our valuation for a player and those valuations haven't been met and unless or until they are, we continue. We have been very impressed with the attitude of the players. Some may have seen opportunities they would have liked elsewhere but they remain fully committed here and that is great to see. Things can still happen in the transfer window of course, but we will only do the business that is right for the club.

"Of the players who have come in, I think Andy Williams looks great, he has some real hunger and desire to do well. I've not met Junior Morias yet but I know he is an exciting player and Hakeem Odoffin is a real prospect too.

THE ACADEMY

"I am delighted with the number of players we have in the squad who have come through the Academy. Shaun McWilliams is the one most supporters will have seen and now we have others coming through too, and they are gaining experience all the time. It is great for them to be around the squad and full credit to Trevor Gould and the staff at the Academy for the players who are coming through.

OPEN DAY

"The open day takes place on Sunday and that is always a good day. We introduced the open day a few years ago and it has been very popular. We will reveal the new home kit and there will be plenty of interaction with the players. It should be a good day and another chance to show off our fantastic community work too.

THE EAST STAND

"The Borough Council voted to regularise the East Stand lease a few weeks ago, and around a week or ten days ago the paperwork came across from them and that is between the two sets of lawyers now. We said at the time it would take time for the paperwork to be done, there are a few technical points to sort but nothing that should stop the progress. We are expecting things to happen and to keep moving and we are working closely with the Council to make sure that happens.

THE FUTURE OF THE CLUB

"The Board of Directors, myself, David (Bower) and Mike (Wailing) released a statement earlier in the summer about the club being up for sale. There was a perception we did this to pressure the Council about the East Stand but we didn't. The stand delays have been a factor and have put us as a club two years behind where we should have been. In those two years, things have changed, David and I are based overseas with other commitments and so we are talking to both an individual and a group who are interested in a partnership. We have said all along the club needs further investment to really drive forward both on and off the pitch and we will continue those conversations.

"One of the things that is important for us is that all of our decisions are based around the club. Financially there are no concerns for the club as we are, we have funds in place, but clubs also need energy and it is about finding the right person or people to help things move forward. As a Board we are looking at every option but the focus remains on the team and the football and we will continue to support Dean, the staff and the team with the investment they need to hopefully have a successful season.”

 


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