Fans’ representative resigns from board of Northampton Town after ‘challenging few weeks’

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The representative of fans on the board of Northampton Town has resigned citing difficulties creating an effective link between supporters and the club.

In a statement issued last night by the Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust, Andy Clarke said the situation had become too difficult during the last few weeks.

Fans organised a peaceful protest, supported by the Trust, at the last home game against Oxford United under the banner of We Want Answers, calling for the chairman David Cardoza to answer questions over the sale of the club to an Indian consortium and the redevelopment of the ground and questions.

In response, Mr Cardoza called for fans to be patient and said he could not give any comments due to the on-going negotiations with the new owners.

Last night, Mr Clarke said he had been proud to represent the Trust over the last two years.

“The experience has been enjoyable in the main but has also been challenging.

“In 2013/14 we faced the prospect of slipping into the Conference after parting company with Aidy Boothroyd. The appointment of Chris Wilder and new playing staff saw us achieve safety, albeit in the last game of the season.

“The interruption to the work on the East Stand has also added to the frustrations of some fans and the Trust has had its work cut out to show support for fans but also to appeal for calm.

“I have done my best to create an effective link between the Trust and the football club. But this has proved to be too difficult to achieve in the last few weeks and I have therefore tendered my resignation from the board.”

In the statement, a spokesman for the Trust added: “The Trust would like to extend its huge gratitude for all the work Andy has done in his time in the role – and we are delighted he has agreed to remain a board member on the Trust.

“In the meantime, the Trust will be reviewing the role of our elected representative in the near future.”