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Northampton Town appoint Edinburgh as new boss

Justin Edinburgh. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have appointed former Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh as their new manager.

The 47-year-old takes over from Rob Page who was sacked earlier this week.

Edinburgh spent the majority of his playing career at Tottenham Hotspur, and has previously managed the likes of Rushden and Diamonds and Newport County.

He was recently dismissed by Gillingham with the club in 17th place in League One at the time.

He's agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Sixfields.

We spoke with a lot of managers this week and had a lot of applications, but Justin’s teams have always impressed me with the energy that they play even back to his Rushden days.

I have also spoken to a lot of people in the game and had very positive feedback. He knows how to get results especially when going into clubs.

We have talked a lot today about the squad and he is excited about starting to work with them on Monday. He thinks we have good players, that he knows well, and is confident of winning football matches with this group.

We have also talked about his time at Gillingham and why that ended, and it certainly feels like he has learnt a tremendous amount from that experience which will hopefully be to the benefit of Northampton Town Football Club.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman

Northampton Town move for right-back Eardley

Neal Eardley could make his debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed experienced defender Neal Eardley to help ease their injury crisis.

The Cobblers are currently short of options at right-back due to a succession of injuries to players in that position, and have now brought in Eardley on a deal until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old has moved to Sixfields on a free transfer after his contract at Scottish club Hibernian expired.

Eardley has previously played in the Premier League for Blackpool and has 16 senior caps for Wales to his name.

With the Cobblers currently without a manager following the sacking of Rob Page earlier this week, the move was sanctioned by Chief Executive James Whiting.

With Brendan Moloney and Aaron Phillips currently unavailable through injury and Paul Anderson also sustaining an injury last weekend it become a priority to sign a right back ahead of this weekend’s game.

– James Whiting, Northampton Town Chief Executive


Northampton Town part company with boss Page

Rob Page has left Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have parted company with manager Rob Page.

The Welshman only took over at Sixfields after leaving Port Vale in the summer, but has now been sacked following a run of eight defeats in 10 League One games.

The Cobblers were also humiliated by non-league Stourbridge in the FA Cup second round recently, which only increased the pressure.

The final straw turned out to be a 5-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the weekend.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas admitted that Northampton's recent poor form had made Page's position untenable.

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We are disappointed to make this decision regarding Rob, however following the recent run of results we feel that a change is necessary. Rob has always been extremely professional throughout his time and has only ever wanted the club to be successful.

It was always going to be a very tough challenge following last year and the expectation that created, so we thank him for his efforts and we wish him very well for the future.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman

Thomas also confirmed that Paul Wilkinson will take charge of the team for the upcoming game against promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United.

Luton Town sign midfielder D'Ath from Northampton

Luton Town sign Northampton Town midfielder Credit: Luton Town FC

Luton Town have signed midfielder Lawson D'Ath for an undisclosed fee from League One side Northampton Town.

The 24-year-old has agreed an 18-month contract with the Hatters, following two-and-a-half seasons at Sixfields.

The former Reading player helped the Cobblers win promotion last season, scoring four times for the club.

Manager Nathan Jones told the official Hatters website, "He is a player I know very well; a young player but with real good League experience, including a promotion last year with Northampton. He’ll add real quality and energy to our squad, and we’ve managed to sign him on what could turn out to be a two-and-a-half year contract.”

Northampton Town secure Wylde and Boateng loans

Gregg Wylde and Hiram Boateng will spend the rest of the season at Northampton. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed Millwall winger Gregg Wylde and Crystal Palace's Hiram Boateng on loan deals until the end of the season.

25-year-old Wylde has struggled for game-time since joining Millwall from Plymouth in the summer, while 20-year-old Boeteng has recently returned to Palace following a frustrating spell at Bristol Rovers.

Meanwhile, Cobblers midfielder Joel Byrom has left the club after his contract was terminated.

Gregg is a winger with a lot of pace.

He plays wide on the left, he is very direct and he is a player who can take defenders on and create opportunities for others and he operates very much like an old fashioned winger.

Hiram is a highly rated player, who already has a fair amount of experience in the EFL and he has the quality to make a real impact here.

His parent club think very highly of him and we are delighted to welcome him to Sixfields.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

Northampton suffered late heartbreak during their game at Sheffield United this afternoon, after the Blades struck in the 89th minute to win 1-0 at Bramall Lane.


Peterborough Utd v Northampton Town clash made all-ticket

The game at the ABAX Stadium is now all-ticket. Credit: PA

Next week's local derby between Peterborough United and Northampton Town has been made all-ticket for home supporters.

The decision was made on safety advice due to the large traveling support coming from Northampton.

The match at the ABAX Stadium will take place next Tuesday (18 October).

Northampton are close to selling out their total allocation, which includes part of the Motorpoint Stand, and as a result, the decision was taken on safety advice to make the game all-ticket for home supporters too.

This is to ensure that the stadium is a safe environment for Peterborough United and Northampton Town fans to enjoy what should be an entertaining local derby.

– Peterborough United spokesman

In other news, the Cobblers have decided not to appeal the red card shown to midfielder Matty Taylor at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Northampton Town duo up for monthly awards

Rob Page (left) and Matty Taylor (right) are both in contention for awards. Credit: PA

Northampton Town boss Rob Page has been nominated for the Sky Bet League One manager of the month award.

Page led his team to four wins from five games in September.

The Cobblers also competed well against Manchester United in the EFL Cup - despite losing 3-1.

Experienced midfielder Matty Taylor has been put forward for the player's award.

The 34-year-old scored three goals during the month - including a great free-kick against local rivals MK Dons.

The winners will be announced on Friday.

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