Northampton Town chairman admits last year has been ‘worst 12 months of his life’

The East stand at Sixfields Stadium, home of Northampton Town
The East stand at Sixfields Stadium, home of Northampton Town

Chairman of Northampton Town David Cardoza, who announced yesterday he was selling the club, has admitted the past 12 months have ‘been the worst of his life’

He said the main reason for his unhappiness was having to deal with the fallout from the untidy mess that has been the redevelopment of the east stand at Sixfields.

David Cardoza, chairman of Northampton Town Football Club

David Cardoza, chairman of Northampton Town Football Club

Now almost a year behind schedule, the east stand building work, or rather lack of it, has, literally, dominated the landscape at Sixfields.

And not just because Cobblers fans had to sit and look at the half-built structure throughout the whole of last season.

There has been confusion over the design of the stand - with no finalised plans yet released - and legal disputes led to a lengthy spell of non-activity on the redevelopment.

Mr Cardoza also had to put up with plenty of abuse and accusations from supporters, whether it be face-to-face, by letter or email, or via online forums.

More stick has been coming his way in recent weeks after work again ground to a halt - which Cardoza now says is down to the discussions over the possible sale of the club - and all in all, it has not been a bed of roses for the chairman, who insists the bulk of the reasons for the problems have been out of his hands.

“This has been the worst 12 months of my life,”

admitted Mr Cardoza.

“Whatever people think, it has been no fault of my own, but as the chairman I am obviously the one that has to take the brunt of everything that has happened.

“That has been very disappointing I have to say, but I know the majority of fans have been behind me.”

Mr Cardoza has stated that he would ‘rather still be here’ than going down the route of selling the club.

But he also accepts that after more than 12 years in charge, and with how much the job has taken out of him physically and mentally over the past

year or so, this could be a good time to step aside and let somebody else have a go.

“It has been tough, so in a way this all comes together at possibly the right time,” said Mr Cardoza.

“But I also have to reiterate that this deal is not done yet.

“We very much want it to happen, and there’s no reason why it won’t, but it’s not actually physically happened yet.”

And if the deal does happen, Mr Cardoza says he will be offering his services to the new owners as they settle in.

“I only live 10 minutes down the road, I have been here a long time, and I know the idiosyncrasies of everything,” he said.

“I won’t be the chairman, but I will probably be somewhere there in the background, certainly through the period of change.”