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Northampton Town sign Leicester midfielder

Ryan Watson in action for Leicester City under 21s earlier this month Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Northampton Town have signed Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson on loan until January.

The 20-year-old joined Leicester a year ago, and has been part of their development squad since.

Ryan is a player we have tracked since last Christmas. I have seen him play at least half a dozen times and he has impressed me.

He is an all round good midfield player. He gets about the park, he is strong in the tackle and he can pass the ball well. He wants to come and play senior football and that is a really refreshing attitude.

We have tried to bring him in before and I am really pleased we have been able to get the loan completed now. Thanks to Leicester City for allowing us to borrow Ryan, there is a good relationship between the clubs. They know we will look after him, he will help us and he will also gain valuable experience at the same time.

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

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Wilder press conference underway at Sixfields

New Northampton manager Chris Wilder and club chairman David Cardoza Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Town's new manager Chris Wilder has been talking about his decision to leave Oxford United for Sixfields. The press conference is still going on. We'll have more details as the morning goes on

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Northampton FC bosses speak after Boothroyd sacking

Bosses at Northampton Town FC have spoken out to reassure fans following the sacking of manager Aidy Boothroyd at the weekend.

The club fired Boothroyd after Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Wycombe, which left them slumped at the bottom of League Two.

Aidy Boothroyd was sacked after Saturday's 4-1 defeat Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS

Assistant manager Andy King has been appointed caretaker manager in the interim, with the help of goalkeeping coach Tim Flowers.

The statement from the club reads:

Northampton Town Football Club would like to apologise that no comment has been made by the Chairman in the last few days but until a contractual settlement with Aidy Boothroyd is agreed, the legal advice he has received is to make no comment.

The club would like to assure supporters that a huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes to appoint our next manager, and that the entire Board of Directors are engaged in this process.

The Board has a huge amount of respect for Andy King and Tim Flowers and it is clear from the performance on Boxing Day, with a squad that has been decimated by injuries and loan recalls, that the players are behind them.

The Board would like to thank Andy and Tim for their work so far and will keep supporters updated when possible.

Sixfield redevelopment to secure future of club

The chairman of Northampton Town has described the redevelopment plans for their Sixfields Stadium as helping to secure the club's future.

These plans are the first part of the re-development, with plans for the West Stand to be submitted in due course. The East Stand will be transformed, and will include some superb conferencing facilities, executive boxes and more and improved seating for supporters.

This will help secure the club's future, making the club self sufficient with an infrastructure to help push us up the Football League, bringing positive coverage for the town, and bigger attendances attracting more people to the area. The stand and facilities will be a proud part of the town's Enterprise Zone.

– David Cardoza, Northampton Town chairman
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