Carr happy to 'help in any way I can' after joining Cobblers' newly-formed committee

Club legend will offer his expertise to Brady

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 3:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th May 2021, 3:16 pm
Graham Carr.

Cobblers legend Graham Carr will be happy to help the club 'in any way I can' ahead of their return to League Two next season.

Town chairman Kelvin Thomas confirmed earlier this month that the club have set up a new committee as part of a structural shake-up after another disappointing season in League One.

Carr will be on the committee in an advisory role, joining Ian Sampson (academy manager), James Whiting (chief executive), manager Jon Brady and a soon-to-be-appointed head of recruitment.

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"I'm just happy to help in any way I can, probably more with recruitment," said Carr. "Obviously the manager has to pick the players but if I can help with that, that's what my job will be.

"It's about the whole club. I spoke to Kelvin at length about this and I think he saw it the same way. I have a lot of contacts but like a lot of people, I've not seen many matches over the last 16 months.

"Hopefully we can start getting out and about when next season starts but I do have a lot of contacts so I can help Jon that way and hopefully help the club have a successful season.

"We've had a few meetings already and it's been very good."

Like Brady and first-team coach Marc Richards, Carr's affinity to Northampton runs deep.

He added: "It's very important to have people close to the club and it's also a major thing to live in the area and live in the town because it doesn't hurt you as much if you get in the car, get on the M1 and head up north after a defeat.

"You feel that hurt more living in the town because you take the accolades but you take the stick as well. That's a very positive approach."

Reflecting on what went wrong last season, Carr continued: "I think not signing a striker was probably one of the main reasons because you look at how many goals were scored.

"If a striker was available, I'm sure the chairman would have backed the manager to buy one to enhance the team's chances of staying in the league.

"It was a difficult summer (in 2020) but it's difficult every summer for a lot of clubs and you've got to have things in place."