Fans trust criticise for Northampton Town chairman for ‘wall of silence’ after ‘positive’ meeting with borough council

Cobblers V Mansfield Town. 'David Cardoza. NNL-140319-172912009
Cobblers V Mansfield Town. 'David Cardoza. NNL-140319-172912009
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The new fans’ representative on the board of Northampton Town has called for an urgent meeting with chairman David Cardoza.

Stuart Taylor, who has taken the role on an interim basis for the supporters’ trust, will approach Mr Cardoza to discuss the 21-day deadline to pay back £10.25m to the borough council, the potential new owners, the delayed East Stand development and a number of other issues fans want answers to.

Cobblers chairman David Cardoza

Cobblers chairman David Cardoza

The call came after the trust chairman and secretary met with the council chief executive David Kennedy and leader Councillor Mary Markham.

A spokesman for the trust said: “The meeting was a positive one and we can assure fans that the council only has the best interests of the football club at heart.

“At the same time, while nobody in the room was happy with the course of action the council may have to take, they have a duty to taxpayers to make sure that the public purse is safe,” he added.

The trust says it will meet with the council again in the next two weeks.

A second #WeWantAnswers campaign will be held at this Saturday’s game against Hartlepool at Sixfields.

“We are disappointed that David Cardoza has made it clear to us that he views the Trust’s role as one that holds the best interests of the other directors and stakeholders at its heart, rather than the supporters – who along with the Trust had long campaigned on his behalf to receive the council’s backing in a bid to improve Sixfields Stadium.

“But we would also remind David Cardoza that we are not just a supporters’ pressure group and that we are ourselves a shareholder of the club,” the spokesman said.

“Receiving the loan should have been a step forward towards a brighter future, and we feel that the chairman is now showing contempt for the people who supported him in this venture by creating a wall of silence where it is impossible to get answers to the fair and reasonable questions that have been posed to him.

“We can assure fans who are concerned at this that we will not stop in our efforts to get answers to these questions.

“We also feel however that there are a number of supporters who are unaware of what is currently happening. Which is why we will be continuing with a second stage of the #WeWantAnswers campaign at the Hartlepool United home game on Saturday October 10.

“We will be releasing further details of this campaign next week, but its aim is to inform fans on the current situation.

“Until then we would like to thank fans for their patience. This is a complex situation that is changing daily, and we would assure fans that we are being as flexible as we can to deal with this,” the spokesman added.