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New Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh makes first appointment

Justin Edinburg 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.

The new manager has made his first appointment to his backroom staff, by bringing in former Nottingham Forest, Watford and Cardiff City coach and assistant manager David Kerslake as his number two.

As a player, Kerslake represented QPR, Swindon Town, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Ipswich Town, with his coaching career including spells with Forest, Watford, Cardiff and Gillingham.

As a result and further changes to come Paul Wilkinson, Paddy Kenny and John Harbin will leave the club with immediate effect.

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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
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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

Forensic teams investigating after body found on M1

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BREAKING: Northampton town sack manager Rob Page

Northampton Town have sacked manager Rob Page. They lost 5-0 at weekend.

Northampton Town Football Club have confirmed they have parted company with their manager Rob Page. Club Chairman Kelvin Thomas said:

“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."

– Club Chairman Kelvin Thomas

Paul Wilkinson will take over at the club from today it has also been revealed, the chairman added:

“Paul Wilkinson will take temporary charge of the team whilst we begin discussions with potential replacements, and all focus will now shift to preparations for Saturday’s important fixture against Scunthorpe United here at Sixfields.”

– Club Chairman Kelvin Thomas.

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Firefighters called to fatal house fire in Northampton

It happened in the Semilong area Credit: Google Maps

A woman has died in a house fire in the Semilong area of Northampton earlier today.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 10.45am after reports of a smoke alarm going off and of smoke coming from a ground floor flat.

A woman in her 80s was found dead at the scene of the fire. It's not being treated as suspicious by police.

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