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Dean Austin appointed as manager of relegated Northampton Town

Austin has been in caretaker charge following Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's departure Credit: Northampton Town

Northampton Town have named caretaker boss Dean Austin as their manager on a two-year contract following their relegation from League One.

The 48-year-old took charge of the Cobblers for the final five games of the season following Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s departure last month.

He picked up seven points from the last games but could not keep them up.

I am very proud to have been appointed manager of Northampton Town.

Our first priority is to try and get the club back to League 1 as soon as possible and to give the supporters some fun and entertainment along the way.

We have an important summer ahead and we have a lot of work to do.

– Dean Austin, Manager
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink lasted six months in the job Credit: PA

Northampton won League Two under Chris Wilder in 2015-16, and will return back to the fourth tier next season after finishing 22nd and four points from safety.

Those who succeeded Chris Wilder in the manager's hot seat have been unable to maintain the success at Sixfields since their promotion to League One.

Austin says his priority is to get the club back up next season.

The former Tottenham full-back, 48, was assistant to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Credit: Northampton Town

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said that his work in the caretaker role earned him the job on a full time basis.

He told the club's website: "Dean inherited a difficult situation and a squad that lacked confidence but we think he handled things very well and has earned this opportunity.

"He has overseen an improvement in the results and importantly, performances, and really connected the team back with the supporters. He managed to get the team playing in a very positive manner and on the front foot from a difficult starting point.

"Dean has a good football brain, he has enjoyed success at all levels of the game, and he is very strong on demanding the highest of standards from his players.

"He knows the club, he knows our squad and where we need to improve, he knows our Academy and the exciting batch of young players we have coming through, he knows what is required and we think he is the natural choice at this point."