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Rob Page appointed new Northampton Town manager

Rob Page appointed new Northampton Town manager. Credit: Port Vale FC

Port Vale's Rob Page has left the club to take up the manager’s position at Northampton Town.

Performance Coach John Harbin will also join up with the Cobblers as part of Page’s backroom staff.

Port Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite said:

We are disappointed at Rob’s decision to leave but we would like to thank him for his hard work over the last 20 months and wish him the very best for the future.

The search for a new manager is already underway and we, as a club, will do our utmost to ensure the best candidate for the job is appointed.

– NORMAN SMURTHWAITE SPORT, Port Vale chairman

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Northampton Town's Wilder appointed as new Sheffield United boss

Chris Wilder is the new man in charge at Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has left the club to take over at Sheffield United.

The Blades moved quickly to land the Cobblers boss after sacking Nigel Adkins earlier today.

Wilder is a self-confessed Sheffield United fan, and leaves Northampton on the back of promotion to League One last season.

A lot of supporters already know me and those who don't will soon realise that I am loyal, hard-working, straight-talking, thorough and whole-hearted in everything that I do.

Obviously, people know my connection with the club as a supporter and former player and I want Bramall Lane to return to be an intimidating place - I don't want the players to feel it is a burden, playing in front of 20,000 fans.

Alan Knill will be joining the club too, we have worked together for a long-time and he has been instrumental in the success at Northampton Town.

– Chris Wilder, Sheffield United manager

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Northampton Town chairman warns of further interest in Wilder

Wilder has attracted a lot of admiring glances from other clubs. Credit: PA

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas has confirmed that manager Chris Wilder will not be moving to Charlton Athletic - but has warned that there is still interest from other clubs.

The Cobblers reluctantly gave Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill permission to speak to Charlton, but talks broke down today.

However, it looks like the club may still have a battle on to keep their manager in the long-term.

We understand there is further interest in Chris and Alan, however we have had no official approach at this point.

In the best interests of the club, we are keen for this matter to be brought to a conclusion as quickly as possible.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman

Sheffield United have also been heavily linked with Wilder.

Charlton Athletic fail to agree terms with Northampton boss Wilder

Chris Wilder couldn't agree terms with Charlton. Credit: PA

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder will not be taking over at Charlton Athletic after he failed to agree terms with the Addicks.

The Cobblers reluctantly gave Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill permission to speak to Charlton, but they were unable to come to an agreement.

Wilder led Northampton to promotion from League Two as champions this season.

Charlton Athletic can confirm that following discussions with Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill over the vacant managerial role at The Valley, the club has been unable to reach an agreement.

The club will now continue its search for a candidate to take the club forward. Any further announcements will be made in due course.

– Charlton Athletic
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