Northampton Town have dismissed manager Dean Austin after the weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Field Mill.
The Cobblers were relegated from League One last season, but have been on a terrible run of form which has seen them win just once all season and fall to 21st in the table.
A brief club statement read: “Northampton Town can confirm following discussions that they have parted company with manager Dean Austin. Dean has worked extremely hard for the football club both last season and this. We thank him for his efforts and we wish him well for the future.”
He is now the fifth manager to leave Sixfields since they won the League Two title in 2016 having only replaced Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at the end of last season. He was unable to prevent their relegation to League Two and their complete collapse this time out.
Speaking after the defeat at Mansfield, Austin said he remained “the man for the job” and suggested that it would be a struggle for anyone else to inspire a group of players who have lost a total of 57 games in just over two seasons.
It had to come, Northampton look devoid of ideas at present and the Mansfield hammering had to be the final straw.
On occasion, they’ve not been bad. They would have beaten early leaders Lincoln on the opening day if they’d been sharper in front of goal and they’ve secured a win at an impressive Colchester United, but there’s not been enough evidence of progress to suggest Austin was on the right track.