Former Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd takes temporary charge of England Under-21s
Former Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd has been promoted to take charge of the England Under-21s following the appointment of Gareth Southgate as the interim senior team manager.
England Under-20 coach Boothroyd will take charge of the Under-21s for their final two Euro Qualifiers next month, with Southgate taking charge of first team affairs following this week's departure of Sam Allardyce.
England's youngsters face a trip to Kazakhstan next Thursday (October 6), before playing Bosnia & Herzegovina at Walsall's Bescot Stadium on Tuesday, October 11.
Boothroyd will be aiming to secure the team's place at next summer’s Euro Finals in Poland, knowing a point will be enough to see England finish top of their group.
The former Town boss was set to coach his Under-20s team for their three games against Netherlands, Germany and USA at the same time, but they will now be led by Boothroyd’s assistant coach Paul Williams.
Boothroyd told www.thefa.com: "Gareth and the players have done a terrific to put us in the position that we’re in, so I’m looking forward to the challenge of taking it on.
"That’s mixed with a disappointment of how it has all come about, but it’s about moving onwards and cracking on with the job, supporting Gareth and seeing if I can contribute towards getting the points that are required and then hand it back over, that’s the plan.
"We’re in a position, where the U21s are running a really smooth ship so I’ll keep it going in the same direction and work to finish the job off which has been done really well so far.
"It really is a case of keeping it nice and steady and guiding them over the line – that’s my role."
Boothroyd was Cobblers manager from November, 2011 through to December, 2013.
He enjoyed a good start to his spell at Sixfields, and guided the team to the league two play-off final in May, 2013, but his team were thumped 3-0 by Bradford City at Wembley Stadium.
Things went badly awry the following season, and Boothroyd was sacked following a 4-1 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in December, 2013.
He was handed a 'national coach' job within the Football Association in February, 2014, and has since managed the Under-19s and the Under-20s.