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JON BRADY (Manager)
Jon Brady played for Hayes, Rushden & Diamonds, Woking, Chester City, Stevenage and Hereford United. He was part of the Diamonds squad that won the Conference title in 2000–01, scoring the winner at his future club Chester City on the final day of the season to make promotion mathematically certain.
In his coaching career, Brady successfully managed Brackley Town between 2009 and 2015, winning seven trophies and breaking numerous records as manager of the club, becoming the longest serving and most successful manager in their history.
He joined the Cobblers as Under 16 coach in 2016 and was promoted to Under 18 coach in 2017. He became caretaker manager of the first team, supported by Ian Sampson and Marc Richards, in February 2021, before being appointed manager in May 2021.

Sixfields Travel Club kindly sponsor Jon Brady.

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COLIN CALDERWOOD (Assistant Manager)
Northampton Town appointed Colin Calderwood as the club’s new assistant manager in the summer of 2021. The vastly experienced Calderwood returned to the club having been Assistant Head Coach at Blackpool, where he helped the Tangerines secure promotion to the Championship. He arrived at Bloomfield Road in October 2020 and played a key role as the Tangerines rose up the table after a difficult start to the season to win promotion via the play off final at Wembley in May 2021 following a third place finish in League 1. Prior to that, as a manager, Calderwood led the Cobblers to promotion in 2006 before doing likewise at Nottingham Forest. He has also been assistant manager at Newcastle United, Birmingham City, Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion. All of this followed a top class playing career that saw him represent the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, as well as Scotland at international level, appearing at Euro 96 and in the 1998 World Cup.

MARC RICHARDS (First Team Coach)
A former Cobblers striker and promotion winning captain, who scored 63 times for the club in over 210 appearances over two spells, was assistant to Jon Brady when working with the under 18 squad, before stepping up to assist Brady with first team duties in February 2021, being appointed First Team Coach in May 2021.

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Blue Chip Park Homes kindly sponsor Marc Richards.

IAN SAMPSON (Head of Academy)
Ian initially arrived at the County Ground on loan in December 1993, before making a £30,000 permanent move from Sunderland the following summer. Before retiring from playing in the summer of 2004, Ian had become a Cobblers legend, making 449 senior appearances in the claret and white, placing him second in the list of appearance makers behind Tommy Fowler. A down-to-earth no nonsense defender, Sammo was a veteran of 2 play off finals at Wembley, and helped the side to 2 promotions in his 11 year career. He was promoted to the position of first team coach in 2006, and was appointed manager in October 2009 after the departure of Stuart Gray. He led the Cobblers to victory over Liverpool at Anfield in the Carling Cup in September 2010, but left the club in March 2011. Returned in 2019 as Head of Academy.

JAMES ALGER (Goalkeeping Coach)
James Alger was appointed the club's new first team goalkeeping coach in July 2021. Alger, who previously worked within the Northampton Town academy while also helping out with the first team on occasions and joined the club having been the Head Goalkeeping Coach at the Coventry City academy, also working with the under 23s and the first team. Alger holds the UEFA A Goalkeeping Licence

James is kindly sponsored by Cafe Track

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MARTIN FOYLE (Head of Recruitment)
Northampton Town appointed Martin Foyle as the club's Head of Recruitment in late May 2021. This marked 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.