Northampton Town yesterday parted company with manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after just seven months with the club. The ‘Cobblers’ are on a run of nine games without a victory and yesterdays 2-0 defeat to Peterborough United was the final straw for Northampton chairman Kelvin Thomas, who made the decision to part company with the Dutchman just hours after the final whistle at London Road.
First-team coach John Pemberton has left the club, whilst Assistant Manager Dean Austin will take charge of the first team until the end of the season. With that in mind, we take a look at three candidates who could take the managers hot seat at Sixfields in the summer.
Grant McCann – Could irony strike as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink loses his job after losing to Peterborough and then the former ‘Posh’ manager gets the Northampton Town job?
McCann who was sacked in February from his post with Peterborough is still without a job and is seen as one of the main contenders for the manager’s job at Sixfields. His ‘Posh’ side made a flying start to the League One season after making some quality additions to his playing staff including the likes of Jack Marriott, Danny Lloyd and George Cooper but following a run seven games with a victory, McCann was sacked by the club.
Despite only having Peterborough on his CV as previous managerial experience, McCann could be an ideal candidate if he could get Northampton playing the way he got his Peterborough side playing at the beginning of the season.
Graham Alexander – The former Scunthorpe United manager has only been out of work a matter of days but again is seen as a major contender for the Northampton Town job. After guiding Scunthorpe to the play-off semi-final last season, Alexander was sacked by the ‘Irons’ with the club fifth in League One but without a win in eight.
Having previous managerial experience in English Football’s third tier with Fleetwood Town and also after nearly getting Scunthorpe promoted last campaign, Alexander could be seen as the man to guide the ‘Cobblers’ from a bottom half team to ones competing near the top of the League One table.
Uwe Rosler – After doing a terrific job with Fleetwood Town last season, where he guided the ‘Cod Army’ to the League One playoffs, Rosler couldn’t repeat that feat this season with the Fylde Coast outfit deciding to part company with the German.
Despite not having the best of seasons this time around, Rosler more than showed his credentials last term guiding a club to a much higher position than would have been expected of them before a ball was kicked and could be seen as the perfect fit for Scunthorpe.
As a club with a minimal budget compared to some at League One level, Rosler could be the man to get the very best out of the playing staff already at the club without having to go and spend huge money on bringing in reinforcements.
Northampton Town fans who would you like to see in charge of your club next season? Let us know in the comments section…