Cobblers chairman David Cardoza wants the players to prove he should give the manager’s job to Andy King on a permanent basis.
And the Town owner has also stated that no candidate has been officially offered the post at this point.
The club were understood to be keen on Bournemouth assistant manager (and former midfielder) Chris Hargreaves but on Sunday night confirmed King would continue to take charge of first-team affairs.
Hargreaves has since agreed terms to become Torquay United boss.
“Nobody has been offered the job,” Cardoza confirmed.
“There have been a few interviews; I spoke to one or two people on Friday and went through a few things.
“We’re going to let Andy show us what he’s capable of doing.”
And he added: “It’s an ongoing process. I’m hoping Andy (King) will get nine points from the next three games and then we can talk about something else.”
The team recorded a rare away victory in their first game of 2014, running out 2-1 winners at Newport County on Saturday.
King will now select a side for the visit of York City to Sixfields this weekend knowing that another three points would make him a very difficult candidate to ignore.
“I want the players to show me that they want to play for Andy King and the only way they can do that is by winning football matches,” he said.
“I don’t want them to be in a position where they want to win games just because they don’t want somebody else to come in.
“We want them playing for the club and if they can win some games then that will put Andy in a strong position.
“I’m saying to the players that if this is the man they want to be running the side then they need to win some games and we will then discuss other things.”