David Cardoza used his notes in Saturday’s matchday programme to tell the Cobblers squad they have to start justifying their salaries with improved performances.
The Northampton chairman stated in his column that manager Aidy Boothroyd and his staff have his ‘full support’ but went on to express his unhappiness at the lack of leadership the experienced members of the squad have shown in games.
“What has disappointed me most about this season is some of the performances of the players and they need to step up and improve, to do what it takes to get results,” Cardoza wrote in the programme for the visit of Morecambe, a game that ended in a 0-0 draw that keeps Town in the bottom two of Sky Bet League Two.
“Make no mistake, we have some experienced players here who are earning good money, more than they would be at most clubs at this level and they need to justify that with improved performances.
“We are not a team full of young players, we have some experienced players out there and we need them to take control of situations during matches and to provide leadership, to help steer us through difficult times.
“I have been told many times that the squad we have this season is better than last year’s.
“The players need to show me, and also you the supporters, that this is true.”
Cardoza’s words had some impact on the players, who collected a first clean sheet of the season in a game against Morecambe in which attacking invention gave way to a policy of safety first.
But he says they must improve in the coming weeks because the supporters of the club deserve better than what has been produced so far.
“Whether the players need to toughen up mentally, physically or both, they need to do what it takes,” he said.
“You, the supporters, deserve far better than some of the players have shown this season.”