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Northampton consider appointing National League manager

Northampton Town have come to consider appointing a certain manager of a National League club following Keith Curle’s departure.

Football Insider understands that Sutton United’s Matt Gray is in the frame at Sixfields with the League One strugglers looking for a successor.

A source at the Cobblers has told Football Insider that the club are considering Sutton’s Gray as a potential candidate after his impressive work.

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The 39-year-old was appointed at the U’s back in May 2019 and finished 14th in his first full campaign in charge.

He is claimed to be one of the brightest young managers in the country and has managed to guide the club into the hunt for a place in the English Football League next season.

The club currently sit third in the National League table and could go top if they win their games in hand over promotion rivals Torquay and Hartlepool United.

Whilst they are living the high life despite tough times behind the scenes, Northampton have axed Keith Curle in their first season back in the third tier as they look to be in a relegation battle.

The Cobblers currently sit 23rd in the League One table, five points ahead of bottom club Burton Albion and level on points with Bristol Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Swindon Town in their fight for survival.

Curle’s last match in charge ended in a 1-0 defeat to the Latics on Tuesday night, with Northampton’s winless run now stretching back seven games, meaning time has come for a change in the dugout.

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It is understood they have been impressed by Gray’s work at Sutton this term and are considering making an approach for his services.

It’s not rare to see a manager leave behind a National League club in favour of a move to the EFL mid-season, could he become the next one to do so?

He isn’t the only man in the running for the Northampton job, take a look at what the bookies are saying below…

Jon Brady – 11/4
Sol Campbell – 4/1
Danny Cowley – 8/1
Stephen Robinson – 8/1
Paul Tisdale – 9/1
Kevin Wilkin – 10/1
Gary Caldwell – 12/1
John Eustace – 12/1
Matt Gray – 12/1
Craig Bellamy – 14/1

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Their club statement on Keith Curle leaving the club: Chairman Kelvin Thomas said the decision was taken with a heavy heart but was in the best interests of the club.

“We have a huge amount of respect for Keith and Colin and we will always owe them a debt of gratitude for the promotion they achieved but we feel a change is now required,” he said.

“Our results, and in particular our lack of goals, have left us in a very difficult position in the league and we believe that this decision is in the best interests of the club as we battle to retain our League 1 status.

“Keith and Colin leave with our thanks and our best wishes and their time at the club will go down as a success, especially managing us through the difficult period of Covid 19.”

Under 18s coach Jon Brady has been placed in caretaker charge, to be assisted by Ian Sampson and Marc Richards.

“Jon has a wealth of experience both as a player and a manager, he also has a good knowledge of the club and our younger players and we are fortunate to be able to call on him,” said the Cobblers Chairman.

“He will be assisted by Ian Sampson and Marc Richards. Both are rightly Northampton Town legends, they have a huge amount of experience in the game and a deep knowledge of and affection for the club and I am sure all supporters will join me in wishing Jon, Ian and Marc well.

“Although supporters might not be able to attend games at the moment, the support they offer is as vital as ever. It has been a challenging season off the field and we can’t thank the fans enough for that continued support. We now have a very important 20 games left in the season and we know they’ll be right behind us.”

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