Keith Curle and Gary Bowyer emerge as main candidates for Cobblers job

Northampton Town become the fourth League Two side in just two months to be hunting a new manager, with a couple of proven names already being linked with the role.

Former Carlisle boss Keith Curle is the bookies favourite. He left the Cumbrians last season but is widely credited with influencing the club from top to bottom during his time, taking them to the 2017 play-off semi finals. He’s been around for many years in the lower leagues and would be a stabilising influence on the current squad.

Former Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer is also being linked. He left the Seasiders early this season, having grown increasingly tired of the shambolic scenes witnessed daily behind the scenes. He’s widely regarded as an exciting manager who worked under some incredibly tough conditions and still got results.

Northampton chairman Kelvin Thomas does not want to risk the clubs Football League status and is keen to bring in a manger with experience of the level.

Steve Cotterill is also in the frame, as are Nick Daws and Kevin Nolan, both sacked this season from Scunthorpe and Notts County respectively.

Our View

Bowyer has to be the man, if they can get him. He did superb work at Blackpool but couldn’t operate under the Oyston farce any longer. He’s got experience, clearly understands the division and could work with what is a talented bunch of players.

The Cobblers should not be in the bottom four of this division, not with the squad at their disposal. Any new manager needs to instil some belief into those players, quickly.

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