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KEITH CURLE ON HIS NEW CONTRACT, THE CHALLENGES AHEAD, EARNING THE RESPECT OF THE SUPPORTERS AND GIVING THEM PRIDE IN THEIR CLUB

The Cobblers boss after signing his new contract

6 July 2020

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle has spoken at his delight in signing a new 2 year contract at the PTS Academy Stadium.

The Cobblers boss but pen to paper less than week after leading the Cobblers to promotion, and says he is really pleased to be staying at the club.

"We have come a long way together, both on and off the pitch, in a short space of time," he said.

"It is very important to me that we have progressed forward and won a promotion while also showing good housekeeping as a club, which is particularly important during the current environment and the new financial landscape that the industry is facing.

"Everything we set out to do together and that was identified to me from the club from day one, we have achieved so far.

"This is a very good football club that has a good structure, a fantastic Chairman and Board of Directors and an excellent staff who have a desire to go the extra mile to help and are so keen to see the club succeed. There is a good work ethic and a really strong integrity throughout the club.

"Back in October 2018 we came in to an under performing footballing department that was not proving cost effective. Any club needs value for money from their footballing department and we have helped achieve that. That has been helped by having everyone on the same page and everyone has brought in to our ideas and our philosophies and that is very important.

"We have been, and remain on a journey. We have had to work hard to earn the respect of the supporters, I fully understand and appreciate that takes longer with some supporters than others, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but I hope they recognise that we represent their football club with pride, honesty and integrity and we have a desire to do the best we can to make them proud of their club. We have had to make and will continue to make difficult decisions, but every decision we make is with the best interests of the club and the individuals concerned at heart.

"We are all really excited about the challenges that we will face in League 1. There are some big challenges ahead next season, but we will face them head on and we will recruit like minded characters who will face them head on with us.

"I need to say a lot of thank yous. Thank you to all of the staff who have helped us in any way. I would like to mention the staff at the Hopping Hare in Northampton who looked after some of our players really well during the recent play offs. They were a huge help to us. Thank you too to the groundstaff for their understanding and to both the club's media department and the local media here too. It is important we have the opportunity to communicate with supporters and explain our ethos, our fundamentals and our philosophy. Communication is a big part of this job and their role in helping us with that is very valued.

"I could go on and on with the thank yous, but there are far too many people to mention. To everyone who has helped - you know who you are - thank you.

"This is not the end of our journey, far from it. We are not the finished article and there is a long way to go. We are creating a platform and a foundation that will allow us to be competitive in League 1 and that is our next target. To achieve that, we will need everyone, players, staff, supporters and everyone else, to be together and united and if that happens we can continue to move forward together."


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