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The Cobblers boss on staying in touch with the squad

21 April 2020

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle says that strong communication is the key to helping the squad through the current coronavirus lockdown.

The players have not been together since the Forest Green Rovers game was called off in mid-March and Curle said: "The players are doing well and the important thing is the communication. Each member of the coaching team is responsible for a different group of players and for checking in on them, talking to them and making sure they are OK.

"The Chairman met with the football staff and the senior players and told them where we are as a club, where we are at and that clarity makes things much easier for everyone to understand. I think we all appreciate that.

"It is unusual for us as players or staff to have this amount of time at home. We are nearly always playing, training or travelling and this situation is extremely rare. I spent five years at Crystal Palace and QPR which involved a lot of travelling, as did my next job at Carlisle. In usual circumstances this season I was away from home four or five days a week staying in Northampton and so it is very unusual to spend this amount of time at home but of course we understand why."

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