Aidy Boothroyd says the Cobblers players accept chairman David Cardoza’s critcisms of them as ‘fair comment’.
The Town owner used his programme notes for Saturday’s game against Morecambe to express his opinions on the current squad, who are second-bottom in Sky Bet League Two.
The main theme of his complaints was that the club’s experienced have not justified their salaries by leading the team on the pitch.
Cardoza’s words are unlikely to have sat too comfortably with the players, but Boothroyd says they accept the criticism and also confirmed the squad had held a meeting to discuss the team’s recent difficulties.
“I read the chairman’s comments and he’s questioning the fact that he’s shelled out his money and he’s not getting a return for his investment,” he said.
“It’s a fair comment and it’s a fair comment on me as well. We’re all in it together and especially the chairman because it’s his money.
“He’s the guy that’s behind it all and he’s the guy that supports the club.
“He’s made some comments about the players and I think they are fair. The players think they are fair, they had a meeting on their own this week, without any influence from me and they’ve decided the club is not where they want it to be.
“They want to be at this club to win things and be successful and now we need to look to people to be brave.
“Saturday proved to us that we’ve got the players who are willing to be brave and if we can keep doing that then we will come through what is a difficult period.”