Outgoing Cobblers caretaker manager Andy King is confident there is enough quality in the Sixfields squad to prevent a relegation from the Football League this season.
King lost what looks like being his final game in temporary charge of Town, a 3-1 defeat to Chesterfield that has left the side six points adrift of safety.
It is widely expected that Chris Wilder, who resigned at Oxford United on Saturday evening, will be joining the club as manager on Monday, and he faces an uphill battle to keep the club in the division.
But King feels there is the basis of a team capable of escaping from the current predicament for which the new manager will work.
“I’m not in a position to give advice to the incoming manager after losing again, except they need to go on an unbeaten run if they are to get out of trouble,” he said.
“I know is that this squad is good enough to get out of this position but the only way confidence will improve is if they going on a bit of a run.
“I’ve enjoyed being in charge for the short time and I wish the new man all the best when he takes over and I understand that will happen on Monday.”