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JON BRADY TO CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON

Chairman also talks about the medium term planning

4 March 2021

Chairman Kelvin Thomas has confirmed that Jon Brady will continue as caretaker manager of the Cobblers until the end of the season.

The Chairman, was says he has been impressed by the work of Brady, Marc Richards and Ian Sampson, also confirmed the trio would have a big part to play in the club's medium term planning moving forward.

"We have been very impressed with their work," he said.

"The performances have improved, some of the individual players have improved and getting the win against Plymouth this week was important as it gave us some reward for the improvements we feel we have made.

"We have three people who love the club, they are part of the club and they will lead us in these next fourteen games.

"We have been talking about things every day for the last few weeks. Getting the win on Tuesday was not the be all and end all, if you look at the statistics it is hard to believe that we hadn't won before, but the win on Tuesday backed up our belief that we are heading the right way

"We are in a difficult position in the league, we know that. We need to try and win as many games in the last fourteen as we have in the first 32 but we have to stick together and we have to go and fight and battle for these next 14 games.

"Jon has got these players playing for him and with so many games, there is very little time on the training ground, it is all about games and recovery at the moment. Therefore, we felt we needed someone who knew the players and knows the club to take us through these next 14 games."

The Chairman also spoke about the club's plans for the medium term.

"We have spoken to a number of different people and a lot of our conversations have been based around the club's medium term," he said.

"We have to consider what's next and what the club needs. We had some great success under Keith but we want to now take stock and look at what the club needs medium term. Things like style of play, support staff etc all come in to that and what we will do over the next few months is to consider what we need medium term as a club rather than make a short term appointment now.

"Jon, Marc and Ian are very much part of our medium term plans. That might be with the first team or it might be with the academy and young players who are an important part of the medium term. No matter what happens, Jon, Ian and Marc have their roles at the club. They are an important part of the future and of our plans. We are in a difficult short term league position here and now but we want to start planning to work longer term for the club to help us become a sustainable League 1 club in the future.

"Things still come down to winning football matches. We do have a club philosophy and we will look to build on that while also making the club sustainable and that will form part of the conversation, alongside what level of investment is required from the Board of Directors is needed. I have worked with a number of managers who have had success, some have had autonomy, some less so - there is no one perfect solution that works without fail but we are looking at our medium term planning at the needs and requirements of the club. The structures we put in place have to be about sustaining ourselves in League 1 as our first aim.

"For the immediate term though, the focus of the dressing room is to try and win as many of the next 14 games as we can."

Chief Executive James Whiting added: "We have a real belief in Jon, Marc Richards and Ian Sampson. They have got some excellent experience and they are a good blend.

"It has been great to see the spirit in the squad and the character in the squad. There is a real vibrant atmosphere around training and around the dressing room and there has been an energy and an attention to detail.

"There has been a buy in from the players and a belief in what they are doing."

Brady, Richards and Sampson will work alongisde Goalkeeping Coach Dan Watson.


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