Brady discusses his future and calls on Cobblers to have some honest conversations ahead of return to League Two

Interim boss doesn't rule out taking permanent charge

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 10:18 am
Updated Monday, 3rd May 2021, 10:22 am
Jon Brady.

Cobblers stand-in manager Jon Brady has called on the club to get together and hold some honest conversations in the wake of their relegation back to League Two.

Town's return to the third tier following last summer's play-off triumph lasted just one season as defeat to Blackpool on Saturday sealed their fate with one game to spare.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas will have some big decisions to make once the campaign ends at Sunderland next weekend, chiefly who takes permanent charge.

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Brady has overseen 19 games since being appointed caretaker boss in February but he is not yet ready to commit himself to the job full-time, though he didn't rule out the possibility.

More importantly, he wants key figures at the club to get together and discuss what went wrong and how it can be put right ahead of their return to League Two.

"It's so raw for me right now to be honest," he said. "I think we need to sit down now as a football club and decide what's best for the club.

"It's not about me. I've been here for five years and I have put all my effort into developing young talent and I have put everything I've got - everything - into this right now, all the hours under the sun.

"I've pushed my family aside and given it everything but unfortunately we have fallen short and now's the time to sit down and discuss as a club how we move forward and what's the best way to move forward.

"I still have one more game to manage at Sunderland next week and we need to represent the club in the right way at Sunderland and give it everything we've got."

There will be many supporters keen to see Brady to get the job permanently but he will not be the only man in the frame. Morecambe boss Derek Adams has been linked to the role only this week.

"I've enjoyed making a difference to players, which I feel I've done, and I've enjoyed representing this football club, but I'm deeply hurt that we have been relegated," Brady added.

"I totally believed we could do it from the outset but right now it hurts more than anything and I just think the club needs to get together - the chairman, the chief exec, myself, Sammo, Marc - and sit down and work out who's going to be the best person for the job.

"If they're interested in me, then fair enough. If they're interested in someone else, then fine. I just want this club to do brilliantly well and come back strong next season."