Cobblers chairman Cardoza says work will restart on east stand at Sixfields ‘in the near future’

The east stand at Sixfields
The east stand at Sixfields

Cobblers chairman David Cardoza says work will restart on the redevelopment of the east stand at Sixfields ‘in the near future’.

Cardoza issed a statement today, and although he is still not able to name a date for work to resume, he insists he is pleased with the progress being made behind the scenes and that ‘there is a will from all parties to get work resumed as soon as possible’.

The Town chairman said: “We had an excellent meeting earlier this week with the stakeholders involved and we have agreed the way forward.

“Many of the issues were resolved at that meeting and we are waiting to hear back on a couple of points and to confirm an exact date for work to resume, but we are expecting it to be in the near future.

“There is a will from all parties to get work resumed as soon as possible and we will share that start date with supporters as soon as it is confirmed to us.

“We thank supporters for their understanding and patience.”

The news that work still hasn’t resumed, and that there is still no definite date for work to restart, is bound to frustrate some supporters.

The refurbished east stand was originally due to open in September, but the project has been dogged by delays and problems with building and design, and as February approaches, the stand is nowhere near completion.

Building work on the new stand was suspended last Otober due to a legal action between the club and the contractors who were placed in charge of the project.

At the turn of the year, Cardoza stated that he hoped work would resume in early January, but it seems he is still being frustrated by red tape.

One thing that has pleased Cardoza though is the team’s upturn in form on the pitch.

Chris Wilder’s side are unbeaten in their three matches in 2015, and on Saturday they hope to make that four when they host high-flying Newport County.

“On the field it has been a good month for us so far,” said Cardoza, who has allowed Wilder to completely reshape his squad since the opening of the January transfer window.

“I hope supporters have enjoyed watching the side in the last few weeks and hopefully our recent form can continue.”