Cobblers boss Wilder will not ‘pay over the top’ for any new recruits

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder
Cobblers boss Chris Wilder

The Cobblers board will finance a raft of new signings in the next two days but manager Chris Wilder will not pay over the odds for any player.

Several names have been linked with a move to Sixfields since Wilder took charge on Monday, with Bradford duo Alan Connell and Luke Oliver and Shrewsbury midfielder Asa Hall rumoured to be on the club’s radar.

Chairman David Cardoza has underlined his commitment to give the manager the funds to make several new signings, despite already shelling out on Aidy Boothroyd’s dismissal and a compensation package for his new manager.

There has also been a contract terminations for Clive Platt and Kevin Amankwaah to factor in, while Paul Reid has left the club following the expiry of his short-term deal.

While Wilder will be given a healthy budget he will use it cautiously and is confindent he can attract the right reinforcements to the Cobblers survival campaign.

“In the jobs that I’ve had I’ve never had an open chequebook, we’ve had to go and watch players and find them, whether they are young kids coming through or experienced players who are out of their team,” said Wilder, who managed Halifax prior to his spell at Oxford.

“I’ve never had the budget to be able to go and guarantee promotion or even the play-offs, the budgets I’ve had have always been outside the top seven.

“My upbringing on that is that we get value for money and that we get the most out of what we’ve got financially and I’ve done that wherever I’ve been.

“The chairman here won’t pay over the top for players and won’t pay for players that he doesn’t think are worth it.

“I’m sure I can maximise the funds I’m given to get the best out of what we’ve got to spend.

“We do our homework on players, we want them to be part of something that is going forward and I’m very confident that I can attract those players to Northampton Town.”