BREAKING: Brady named permanent Cobblers boss

Interim boss agrees two-year deal

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 4:24 pm
Jon Brady.

Cobblers have appointed Jon Brady as their new permanent manager on a two-year deal.

The 46-year-old Australian, who joined the club's academy in 2015, stepped up from the youth team to take temporary charge in February following the sacking of previous manager Keith Curle.

Brady won five of his 20 games as caretaker boss and picked up a total of 20 points, but could not steer the club away from relegation.

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However, performances generally improved under his leadership and he will now be tasked with trying to win promotion back to League One when the new campaign begins in August.

The former Stevenage winger had never previously managed in the EFL prior to his stint as caretaker boss, but enjoyed success with Brackley Town between 2009 and 2015, leading the Saints to the Southern Premier League title in 2012.

Brady also brought FA Cup joy to St James Park, upsetting League One Gillingham en route to the second round in 2013/14.

In all, Brady won seven trophies in his six and a half years in charge of Brackley before joining Northampton's academy in 2015.

After taking charge of the U16s, Brady moved up to oversee the U18s and led the side to the EFL Youth Alliance title in 2018.

He also made more than 600 appearances in a playing career spanning 17 years, playing for the likes of Stevenage, Rushden & Diamonds and Hayes.

Earlier this week, the club announced a number of structural changes, and chairman Kelvin Thomas believes Brady is the ideal candidate to take on the manager's role within the new structure.