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Caretaker boss King in the dark over his future

Cobblers players celebrate with supporters after Darren Carter put the Cobblers 2-1 up at Newport (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Cobblers players celebrate with supporters after Darren Carter put the Cobblers 2-1 up at Newport (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

 

Andy King admits he is in the dark about the Cobblers board’s managerial recruitment plans but is confident he has proved his own credentials.

King led the side to a 2-1 win at Newport County on Saturday, a priceless win secured by goals from Everton loanee Hallam Hope and midfielder Darren Carter, his first for the club.

It is not enough to take Town off the foot of Sky Bet League Two but it has bridged the gap between them and the two clubs above them - Torquay and Bristol Rovers - to a single point.

It may also be enough to make King a contender for the job, especially when the point at Portsmouth in the previous match and the context of an injury crisis are taken into consideration.

“I think we’ve given ourselves a fighting chance and if the lads play like that for whoever the manager is, they won’t go down,” said King, who confirmed he has had no contact with David Cardoza since the chairman returned from his holiday.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen but I know I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve loved it, it’s put a real spark back for me.

“One thing I think I’ve proved is that I’m a manager but I’ve always known that, I just haven’t shouted about it.”

King, however, was keen to shout about the way his side played at Newport, in what is their first away win since the FA Cup first-round victory at Bishop’s Stortford almost two months ago.

Although the hosts had their chances, Northampton took theirs and collected three vital points.

“We’ve proved we can go to away games and create chances - we had five good chances in the first half here,” he said.

“So we weren’t outplayed, we were well in the game.”

 

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