Wilder won’t raid former club Oxford to bolster Cobblers squad

SETTLING IN AT SIXFIELDS - new Cobblers boss Chris Wilder (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

SETTLING IN AT SIXFIELDS - new Cobblers boss Chris Wilder (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)


Chris Wilder will not return to his former club Oxford United to sign players for the Cobblers.

Wilder swapped the Kassam Stadium for Sixfields on Monday, trading a club sixth in Sky Bet League Two for one that currently props up the division.

Considering the gulf between the sides, there had been speculation that Wilder would raid the Us ranks to bolster his inherited Northampton Town squad.

But while he is urgently in need of fresh blood, the new boss believes such a recruitiment strategy would not be ‘right, proper or fair’.

“There are a lot of quality players at Oxford and I had a great relationship with the players,” said Wilder, who will have no permanent signings for Tuesday night’s game against Rochdale at Sixfields and is unlikely to make any loan additions to the squad.

“There are boys there that were with me for five years and boys that have only been there for five months.

“I get on with players. I want to have a relationship with them and there are some good players there but I won’t be going back for them.

“I don’t think that’s right, proper or fair.

“We’ll look around the market and I’d imagine Oxford won’t want to lose anyone now anyway, with having a tight squad and because they’re going well at the moment.”




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