Northampton Town chairman calls for patience as fans demand answers over takeover plans

The unfinished East Stand at Sixfields Stadium
The unfinished East Stand at Sixfields Stadium

Frustrated Northampton Town Football Club fans are set to hold up question marks as part of a protest this weekend demanding answers on the stalled East Stand development and the club’s ownership.

It has now been two months since Cobblers chairman David Cardoza announced the club was set to be taken over by an Indian consortium.

Work on the much delayed East stand development halted while the potential buyers entered into negotiations. But six weeks into the season and the identity of the new owners remains a mystery.

This week many supporters took to Twitter using the WeWantAnswers hashtag to pose questions to Mr Cardoza.

Among those to post, Shane Webster wrote: “#wewantANSWERS about the redevelopment, the team is secondary at this moment in time.”

And several on the hashtag called for people to join in a protest at Sixfields this weekend as Cobblers, currently 16th in League Two, play Oxford.

Though the Northampton Town Football Club Supporter’s Trust is not instigating the protest, trust member James Averil said it would consider backing it.

He said: “The protest as we understand it is an independent one which will see some fans holding up question marks and displaying the ‘we want answers’ hashtag.

“At the moment we are going to be discussing whether the trust is giving its backing to it.”

Currently a thread proposing a protest at Sixfields on Saturday has gained a lot of support on the Cobblers fans’ forum The Hotel End.

Andrew Clarke, who is the Northampton Town Supporter’s Trust representative on the club’s board, said the protest was a culmination of weeks of fans’ frustration.

He said: “The issue here is not that he (David Cardoza) should tell us everything, because I understand some negotiations need to remain confidential.

“But I don’t think enough care has been taken to help ease fans’ uncertainty.

“We have had a torrid two years. First we narrowly avoided relegation to the conference.

“Then the extension to the stadium went wrong and now after a good start to the season we are dropping down League Two.”

In a statement issued last night after an approach by the Chronicle & Echo, Mr Cardoza said; “I completely understand the frustration of the supporters, and as soon as I can update them, I will.

“It is hard for me to comment while due diligence is taking place, but that process is almost at an end and we will know more very shortly.

“In the update on August 14 I said it would take around four weeks and we are still within that period.

“Whether it takes a little longer or hits that target remains to be seen but we aren’t far away from that being completed.

“The deal covers all the outstanding issues regarding the stadium redevelopment and the potential new owners will announce their future plans very shortly.

“I understand the frustration, I appreciate the patience and as soon as I can update supporters in more detail, I will.”

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