Oxford MailWilder linked to manager's job at Northampton (From Oxford Mail)

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  • "Wilder deserves credit for getting us back into the league but he has struggled to take the club forward and he has been given greater resources than many other clubs in this division. Wilder has also been fortunate to manage a club that has a good fanbase which will grow if success comes our way. Sadly I think Wilder is the only manager who has managed a club in the top four of this division yet crowds are falling. If he goes I think Lewis&Melville need to go too. The players we have should be good enough and also deserve a kick up the behind for going missing in games. A new manager may rejuvenate some players and maybe Lenagan will give a new man support to bring in one or two additions.

    I have lost faith in Wilder and if he's going he needs to go now to give the replacement a chance to revive our promotion ambitions. Wilder has had 5 years at this club and 3 of those have been mediocre."
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Wilder linked to manager's job at Northampton

Oxford Mail: Wilder is favourite with the bookmakers to take over at Northampton Wilder is favourite with the bookmakers to take over at Northampton

All eyes will be on Oxford United’s press conference this morning after manager Chris Wilder was yesterday linked to the vacant job at Northampton Town.

Speculation began when the Cobblers revealed they had approached another club in Sky Bet League Two for permission to speak to their manager.

The Oxford Mail understands Northampton have made contact with United about their manager, although neither club would confirm this.

Wilder last night became the clear favourite with bookmakers, his odds tumbling to 1-4.

The situation should become clearer today, with the U’s boss due to give his regular press conference to preview tomorrow’s clash with Torquay United.

Speculation took a twist when Newport County denied being approached by Northampton for Justin Edinburgh yesterday lunchtime, only for the manager to reveal he had turned down interest from the Cobblers.

It is the second time in quick succession that Wilder has been targeted by a League Two rival.

He was given permission to speak with Portsmouth last month and the 46-year-old made it clear a key reason behind the decision was the fact his contract expires at the end of the season.

Andy King has been in charge at Sixfields since Aidy Boothroyd was sacked on December 21, picking up four points from four games.

He is expected to be at the helm for Saturday’s game against Chesterfield, but the Football League’s basement side are keen on making an appointment shortly.

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