Cobblers to appoint a new boss imminently

Chairman hints at possible director of football further down the line

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 3:57 pm
Interim manager Jon Brady is thought to be in the frame for the full-time role.

Cobblers are expected to appoint a new first-team manager within days of Sunday's final game of the season at Sunderland.

Jon Brady remains in caretaker charge and will be taking control of his 20th match at the helm when Town head to the Stadium of Light.

Whilst he is yet to commit himself to the role, Brady is thought to be in the frame for the full-time job. Chairman Kelvin Thomas wants to make a swift appointment to ensure Cobblers do not fall behind ahead of what promises to be a busy summer.

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"Timings has been a consideration for us and it's very important," said Thomas. "Jon has been part of these conversations.

"I've known him a long time and he's been part of the club for many years so we've already had conversations with him around the structure.

"I wanted Jon's input, not necessarily as a first-team manager but because of his experience through the academy and also as first-team manager.

"We've had discussions with him and we'll have more discussions and we will move that conversation onto the first-team manager.

"I would hope that we're in a position to make that decision within the next week, if not sooner, but it's not something we're going to rush."

Thomas is also looking to appoint a new head of recruitment having created the position following Simon Tracey's departure as chief scout.

He added: "We want to get the new head of recruitment in quickly as well. We don't want to rush it but we hope to have both positions in place in the next couple of weeks.

"There have been some conversations around the head of recruitment and we have also talked about a director of football as well and the longer term and that could be a direction we go in.

"We have had some discussions around that but we'll focus on a new head of recruitment now there is a vacancy and I'm sure there'll be a bit of interest in the role."