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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


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


Basketball star O'Neal pays tribute to Northampton Town

Shaquille O'Neil has paid tribute to Northampton Town winning League 2. Credit: PA

Former basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has paid tribute to Northampton Town winning League Two.

The NBA star sang Queen's "We are the Champions" to mark the Cobbler's triumph of winning the league, promoting them into League One.

Pictures courtesy of Northampton Town Youtube channel

Council takes out temporary injunction in dispute over Northampton Town loan

David Cardoza. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Borough Council have confirmed they've applied for a temporary injunction to stop the wife of former Northampton Town chairman David Cardoza selling her house.

They say they've taken the action as part of their investigation into what happened to a £10.25 million loan they leant to the Cobblers for the building of their new East Stand when Mr Cardoza was in charge.

A hearing is due to take place in Birmingham tomorrow morning.

The Borough Council applied for an interim injunction to prevent the sale of Christina Cardoza’s house. Christina, Anthony and David Cardoza, have been named in the proceedings.

We have taken this action against the Cardozas as part of our pursuit of the £10.25million loan made by Northampton Borough Council to Northampton Town Football Club, of which David and Anthony Cardoza were directors.

The Borough Council took on the right to pursue the debt from the Football Club under the memorandum of understanding signed with the Club’s new owners and we have made it clear that we do intend to take the action needed both to find out what happened and to recover the public money that has not been repaid.

– Northampton Borough Council Spokesperson

Northampton Town to lift League Two trophy after Luton clash

Northampton Town will lift the trophy on April 30. Credit: PA

Northampton Town will be presented with the League Two trophy after their last home game of the season against Luton Town on April 30.

The Cobblers have already wrapped up the title and beat Crawley Town 2-1 at Sixfields last night.

They will be able to get their hands on the trophy later this month, but the club have warned it won't happen if supporters invade the pitch.

The plan is for the players to return to the dressing room for a few minutes when the final whistle is blown to allow a stage to be constructed on the pitch before the players return to receive their medals and lift the Sky Bet League 2 trophy.

The supporters have played such a huge role in the club's season and we are desperate for a capacity crowd to be able to view the presentation.

This will only be possible if there is no pitch invasion.

To allow everyone to share in this very special moment, we must ask all supporters to please stay off the pitch at all times. If a pitch invasion does take place, the presentation will not be able to take place out on the pitch but will instead happen in private, which we think would be a huge shame.

– Northampton Town

Date set for Northampton Town open top bus parade

Northampton Town's players celebrate being crowned as champions. Credit: PA

An open top bus parade to celebrate Northampton Town's promotion to League One is likely to be held in May.

The Cobblers were crowned as League Two champions following a 0-0 draw at Exeter City on Saturday.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas says a provisional date has been set for May 8 - the day after their last game of the season at Portsmouth.

The Council have very generously offered us the chance of an open top bus tour and plans are being drawn up.

It will be a huge celebration and plans are being made for Sunday May 8th.

We are looking at it taking place late in the afternoon to allow everyone who is staying over the chance to come home from Portsmouth.

I have asked for two buses, so that we can have a bus for the players and behind that a staff bus, because the staff are very much part of this.

We have looked at paying tribute to the staff on a matchday but that can have challenges because the staff have responsibilities on a matchday, so we feel this second bus would be an important part of the celebration. It would be a fitting finale to a wonderful season.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman
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