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Keith Curle named as new manager of Northampton Town

Northampton Town football club has appointed Keith Curle as their new manager. Credit: Gareth Fuller/EMPICS Sport

Northampton Town football club has appointed Keith Curle as their new manager following the departure of Dean Austin.

The Sky Bet League Two strugglers parted company with Dean Austin on Sunday night and have moved swiftly to bring in Curle on a deal until the end of next season.

The 54-year-old has been out of work since the end of last season when he stepped down as Carlisle manager.

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Curle started his managerial career with Mansfield Town in 2002 taking the club to the League 2 play off final in his first full season in charge.

As a player, Curle won three England caps and made more than 700 appearances across all four divisions including for Manchester City, Wolves, and Sheffield United.

Curle will be assisted at the PTS Academy Stadium by Colin West.

Kevin Curle has been out of work since the end of last season when he stepped down as Carlisle manager. Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Archive/PA Images

"In the position we are in we think we needed a manager with a lot of experience of League 2 and Keith has that."

"He has managed around 400 games at this level and we think he is exactly who we need right now.

"He took over at Carlisle United in similar circumstances and did an excellent job, not only steering them out of trouble but developing a squad that was able to challenge for promotion in the following seasons.

– Chairman, Kelvin Thomas

Northampton are 21st in League Two had have won just once in 12 games in all competitions this season.