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Experienced Foyle to lead club's recruitment and develop and expand scouting structures alongside Graham Carr

21 May 2021

Northampton Town have appointed Martin Foyle as the club's new Head of Recruitment.

This marks a return to the club for Foyle, who was previously with the club in the Head of Recruitment role in 2015 having been appointed by then Cobblers boss Chris Wilder.

As a player, Foyle played more than 550 games representing Southampton, Aldershot, Oxford United and Port Vale, while he gained considerable experience as a manager and a coach at Vale, York City, Hereford United, Southport and Bristol Rovers.

"We have had some very positive discussions and Martin has impressed us," said Chief Executive James Whiting.

"He was at the club during a very successful period in our recent history before going on to become Head of Recruitment at Motherwell where he has spent the last five years.

"He is very well connected, he is highly recommended by a lot of people within the game and very experienced in his role. He has a lot of contacts and a lot of knowledge of football at all levels of the EFL and beyond.

"A lot of our discussions have been about the direction of the club and the new structure we have in place. We wanted an experienced figure to head up the recruitment structure and we are delighted to welcome Martin back to the club.

"Martin will work with Graham Carr to build upon and develop further the existing scouting structures we have at the club and we cannot have two more experienced or well connected individuals to help us do that."

Manager Jon Brady added: "Martin and his experience and his contacts will be a big help to us and we are really pleased the club has been able to make this appointment swiftly.

"This is a key time of the year as clubs and players consider their options and Martin's appointment is excellent news for the club.

"From talking to Martin he understands what we are doing and what we want to achieve, the style we will have and the type of player we want and he is excited to be heading up our new recruitment structure.”

Foyle said he has already started work and is looking forward to the challenge: "This is an exciting time to be joining Northampton Town as the club has taken some brave and modern decisions on the way to move forward," he said.

"I am really looking forward to this role. I enjoyed my time at the club previously working with Chris Wilder and Alan Knill and coming to the club at this time is particularly exciting as the club embarks on a different way of doing things.

"Recruitment is key for any club, and the summer is the key time for that, so I am already hard at work talking to clubs, players and agents about Northampton Town."

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