Thomas spoke to other candidates but felt it was best for Brady to remain in charge of Cobblers

'We're excited to have three people in charge who love the club and who can take us forward in the next 14 games.'

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 1:08 pm
Kelvin Thomas.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas did speak to other candidates about potentially taking over at the Cobblers before deciding Jon Brady was the best man to continue in the role until the end of the season.

Brady will oversee the final 14 games of the season alongside Ian Sampson and Marc Richards after the trio collected five points and one win from their six games in temporary charge.

Whilst results are yet to drastically improve since Keith Curle left three weeks ago, Thomas and Town's board have been encouraged by the performances and hope the current coaching staff can build on Tuesday's win over Plymouth.

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Thomas had discussed the role with external candidates but opted to stick with Brady for a number of reasons.

"We created a list of names and we did speak to a couple of people," he explained. "A lot of the conversation was around the short-term and the immediate situation and what we do next.

"But the biggest challenge in bringing somebody else in is the amount of games we're playing and the one thing you can't say is that Jon hasn't got the players playing for him in a short space of time.

"Then it comes down to tactical work and training ground work but the truth is, there's very little work on the training ground right now with games being so close together.

"When would a new manager get the time to work with the players? It might be just one session a week that's not part of the recovery and then you take into account injuries and soreness and protecting players.

"We felt it would be very difficult for somebody else to come in and that was part of our thinking."

Brady still has a big job on his hands to drag Cobblers out of relegation trouble with the team 22nd in Sky Bet League One.

"We're excited to have three people in charge who love the club and who can take us forward in the next 14 games," Thomas aded.

"It wasn't just about the win (on Tuesday). Obviously we have talked about results because when you look at the stats, you can't believe you've not won more games.

"It was frustrating that we weren't getting results but the performances have improved and there's a belief that the results would come if we continued doing what we had been doing.

"We know where we're at and we're in a difficult position. We've pretty much got to win as many games in the last 14 games as we have in the first 32 so we certainly haven't made it easy for ourselves.

"But with the win on Tuesday night, we believe we've got a chance to go on a bit of a run. We won't win every game but we've got to stay together and that's the feeling around the club - we're all in it together.