Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon hs admitted he gave James Collins the green light light to join the Cobblers on loan to free up funds so he can freshen up his struggling squad.
The Shrews currently sit fifth bottom in Sky Bet League One, just a point above the relegation zone, and on Saturday were subjected to a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of fellow strugglers Chesterfield.
That proved to be the final game for Collins ahead of his surprise switch to Sixfields, with Mellon admitting it was a decision made with finances at the heart of it.
”We all know that things have to be shaken up a bit and in order to do that we have to try and generate some funds within the group,” said the Scotsman, who guided Shrewsbury to promotion last season.
“I want to change things around a wee bit up front and I spoke to James about the opportunity to go to Northampton and we allowed him permission to speak to them.
“He did that and we spoke after and we all decided that it is time for a change and he is going to go to Northampton.
“It frees up some funds to try and get some new faces in and strengthen the squad.”
Collins is the joint top-scorer for Shrewsbury this season with seven goals, but he hasnt found the target since netting the equaliser in a 2-2 draw against Gillingham on November 28 and Mellon believes the time had come to freshen up his forward line.
”If we are all honest we haven’t scored enough goals from the strikers this season,” the Shrewsbury boss told shrewsburytown.com.
“There is an argument that is affected by service, but the bottom line is that we need to find a way of scoring more goals, especially the front men.
“The opportunity has come in January for us to change things around and we have a few plates spinning and a few options that we believe will make us a different type of threat for the coming games.”
Mellon was also quick to praise Collins for his efforts, and said: ”It’s been a busy day but also one where emotionally it can be difficult to see players leave who you have worked with for a long time.
“James has done terrific for us but as the manager I truly believe it is time to have a shake-up of the whole group.
“As the manager I know I have to do that as I have to win games of football and that is all I focus on now.”