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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC FOR SALE on: Today at 17:33:24
KT just been on Radio Northampton....only caught last few minutes...sounded quite rightly exacerbated towards our inept clueless shambolic council

KT quite rightly said he inherited all this from the inept previous owners and the council (giving 10+ million no questions asked - ie no staged payments etc) and he's just trying to sort this mess out.

2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC FOR SALE on: Today at 17:17:12
Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust has noted the statement from Northampton Town Football Club owners Kelvin Thomas and David Bower that they are now considering selling their controlling shareholding in the football club.

The club has cited a lack of action, co-operation and communication from Northampton Borough Council in respect of the development of the East Stand at Sixfields.

It has become clear that negotiations have stalled between both parties and last month the Trust voiced its considerable frustration at the apparent stalemate in talks, with both parties giving the Trust conflicting position statements.

We felt that this deadlock needed to be broken as a matter of urgency and so wrote to both the council and the football club requesting a written update from both – where they were at present with the negotiation and what, in their view, were the next steps that should be taken.

The football club has detailed its position in writing to us, stating that their legal team had written to counterparts at the council last December with a view to moving the development forward, but that they have received no correspondence since.

We have received no formal written response from the borough council to our letter dated April 19.

Council leader Jonathan Nunn has verbally given the Trust an assurance however that a paper about the East Stand development would shortly be going before the council’s cabinet group for approval.

He stated that this would set out the council’s position in the public domain and give a clear green light for the football club to complete the development of the East Stand.

The next cabinet meetings are scheduled for June 13 and July 18 at the Guildhall and the Trust will be sending a representative to these meetings.

Should these cabinet meetings proceed without any movement in the Sixfields East Stand negotiation, we will consider calling a public meeting of all supporters, to which both the council and the football club will be invited, to discuss the matter.

Today’s statement from the club says this is simply a case of the council signing a Deed of Surrender to allow this land to be surrendered from CDNL to the football club. In this case we completely understand the frustration being expressed by Kelvin Thomas and David Bower.

We await any response from the borough council, and remain committed to helping broker a deal in the long-term best interests of the football club.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC FOR SALE on: Today at 13:10:04
How do the trust feel about this statement?

Have the trust had any joy in trying to obtain answers regarding the missed deadline given to them by NBC?
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC FOR SALE on: Today at 11:42:14

The Board of Directors confirm that having grown totally frustrated with the complete lack of action, cooperation or communication from Northampton Borough Council that they are reluctantly open to a discussion about selling their controlling shareholding in Northampton Town Football Club.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said, “We find ourselves in an extremely disappointing and almost impossible position and having tried over so many months every possible approach to Northampton Borough Council to regularise the East Stand lease position, we feel that we have little choice but to step aside and allow others to complete the process. Regularising the lease position should not, under any circumstances, be controversial and we have been merely asking NBC to correct their own error made back in 2013 which was before our involvement.”

Director David Bower added, “For reasons known only to themselves, on 17 September 2013 NBC granted a lease of an area of land adjacent to and forming part of the East Stand to County Developments Northampton Ltd (CDNL) set up by the previous Chairman and his partners. This land was already leased to the club. After taking over the club and understanding the full picture, it was clear this situation needed correcting and we assumed that NBC would work with us to this end.

“To ensure that we could effectively sort out the Council’s error, Kelvin and I paid a considerable sum to allow CDNL (which by then had been placed in liquidation) to go through a Company Voluntary Arrangement. This process was completed in the face of considerable opposition from various officers and members of the Council who clearly had a different agenda. In an effort to frustrate our plans the Council unsuccessfully wasted considerable sums of public money in legal fees when the Council could have achieved what both they and the football club required with a more cooperative approach.

“For almost 18 months we have been asking the Council to allow CDNL to surrender the relevant area to the Football Club so that there was no potential conflict. In December 2017, after many months of pushing, solicitors instructed by the Council, sent to our solicitors a draft Deed of Surrender. Our solicitors processed this within one working day with minimal change and returned the draft Deed to the Council’s solicitors.

“However, since then we have not been able to make any further progress despite numerous approaches to various Officers of the Council and in fact we received notice last week from the Council solicitor they were still waiting for instruction from the Council. A promise was even made by the Council to the Supporters Trust that the surrender would be completed by no later than the end of March 2018, a deadline that passed without any movement.

“The Deed of Surrender merely gives up without any payment or other consideration any claim which CDNL has, to the relevant area which would remove any possible conflict for the club in the future. Unfortunately, the ownership of the club and CDNL is not 100% common because the club has many additional smaller shareholders, mainly fans, alongside Kelvin and myself. It is also very important to protect the interests of all the parties that the lease position is legally correct.

“Notwithstanding the essential simplicity of what has been proposed, the Council continues to prevaricate and Kelvin and I can only conclude that certain officers and members have a personal issue with us. We both agree we can’t allow this negative situation to continue and the club and its supporters deserve better, therefore we have had to make the decision we have.

“Kelvin and I have tried on behalf of the club to engage in a constructive fashion with Officers of the Council, including the Leader, in regard to the real opportunities that exist on the Sixfields site, but no action is ever taken and this lack of action on the lease position is the final straw for us. If we felt confident that we could have a reasonable dialogue with the Council on matters then our view may have been different, but we have to draw a line in the sand at some point.

“We now believe that at least one senior officer, who was interestingly involved when the original loans were made and when the problem lease was also issued, remains influential in the total lack of cooperation that we have seen. We have previously suggested to the Council that if this is not the case then why don’t they prove this by their actions and Kelvin and I repeated this observation.”

Chairman Kelvin Thomas continued, “We have thought for a while that there are parties within the Council who are working against us personally in this process. We accept during various stages of the purchase and the subsequent CDNL CVA proceedings we had to take a rather robust position with the Council to protect the club’s interests, but we did not expect this to work against us in such a way.

“It seems there is now some sort of agenda in the background against David and myself and regrettably we think the only course of action available is to allow others to take matters forward. We are confident there is still a really good opportunity for the club’s wider development and we do think the Council can play a positive role in this matter for the benefit of the whole community, but it seems that needs to be with someone other than us.

“What is most frustrating, considering what happened prior to our ownership, is that we have not asked the Council for anything other than to work together to regularise this incorrect lease position to protect the club. This process is not contingent on any other matter, tied to any additional land or requires any Council funding.

“The Supporters Trust have also tried in vain to get information from the Council and have had numerous missed deadlines and whilst we have been able to show the Trust legal confirmation that what we have said is correct, we understand the Council have been unable to provide any legal confirmation to substantiate their claims. We have also taken time to meet with Chairman Andy Roberts and Board Member Kevin Simons from the Trust and were very open with our frustration and we know they are working hard to find out what is going on also.

“Financially we are in a strong position to open conversations about the shareholding of the club and it is important to make clear that we will continue to support the Football Club as normal during our ownership and the existing budget discussed with James (Whiting) and Dean (Austin) does not change in any way and this will be a competitive budget for the league next season. The club has always been stable financially under our ownership and this will continue, and we will complete any discussions in a professional manner.

“We do feel this creates an opportunity for someone, or a group, to be able to take the club forward. We would love those conversations to be with local people and are very open to that, but what is most important is that our discussions are with people who can demonstrate the appropriate level of finances, energy, and desire to progress the club.

“We have always tried to be as open as possible with supporters whilst trying to advance matters regarding the East Stand in the background with the Council and we are firm in our commitment that we will put the club first, but it is now with a heavy heart that we have reached this point as we feel we have been left with no choice.”
5  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Brackley on: May 21, 2018, 07:48:05 am
Fantastic afternoon. Thoroughly deserved win for Brackley. Proper scenes when they equalised & won the shootout. Brackley the only team trying to play football. Bromley were pure Boothroyd!

If only we showed half the never say die attitude Brackley did then we certainly would not have been relegated.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Heart of the Club on: May 17, 2018, 13:24:33 pm
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Which players would you like to see the club try to sign? on: May 16, 2018, 22:48:24 pm
I'd release Barnett & bring in Cuthbert from Luton...

Was their club captain & a leader/winner - exactly what we need in L2
8  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Brackley on: May 15, 2018, 13:22:56 pm
I'll be there, missus is from Brackley, so even though she's not a footie fan, I've persuaded her that her local team needs her backing!

Ain't been back to Wembley since "THAT" horrendous afternoon...
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Van Bellend on: May 14, 2018, 17:17:56 pm
Hopefully, Alexander will sign him for Salford, as he's stated he's not a L2 player!  Grin
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Which players would you like to see the club try to sign? on: May 13, 2018, 23:51:06 pm
Avoid ALL of them

Totally agree...

Let's all move on eh? None of them are good enough if we want to mount a serious promotion challenge.

Plenty of younger & better players out there...

No rush as we've the nucleus of a decent squad for L2 already.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Confirmed - Dean Austin new permanent NTFC manager on: May 12, 2018, 12:45:22 pm
Incase anyone hasn't seen this...great insight into the playing career & ethics of DA
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Confirmed - Dean Austin new permanent NTFC manager on: May 12, 2018, 11:34:17 am
Good luck gaffer!

You've provided more enjoyment than the last 3 managers combined...both on and off the pitch.

Keep up with the front-foot football and honest interviews and you'll have the majority behind you all the way.

Really looking forward to the journey


From the official website...

Dean Austin added, "I am very proud to have been appointed manager of Northampton Town. The Chairman, the board, the staff, the players and the supporters have had a glimpse at the way I want to work in the last few weeks and I have been delighted with the way everyone has responded.

"I expect the highest of standards, not just on a matchday but every day in training and it is important we create and develop a culture of excellence that allows the players to grow, flourish and excel.

"The supporters can expect us to play in an aggressive way and on the front foot. We will not be afraid to be brave or to take chances but I also want us to be horrible to play against.

"I am very excited by the crop of young players we have in the first team squad and coming through the Academy and it is important we work to develop that pathway further so that players from the under 9s upwards know the path is open for them.

"Our first priority is to try and get the club back to League 1 as soon as possible and to give the supporters some fun and entertainment along the way.

"We have an important summer ahead and we have a lot of work to do."

Jon Brady, who assisted with the first team in the last few weeks of the season, will return to his previous role as manager of the under 18 side and Austin was quick to praise him for his work.

"Jon has been a fantastic support," he said. "He is also doing a first class job helping to produce an exciting group of young players and he will revert back to that role to continue his excellent work albeit with additional first team responsibilities. Given we want that pathway to be open then we will continue to work very closely together and we will be making a new appointment of my assistant manager in due course."

As a player, Austin made more than 450 senior appearances, playing more than 100 times for both Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. Austin began his coaching career as Head of Recruitment and coach at Southend United in 2005, helping the Shrimpers win two successive promotions to move from League 2 to the Championship.

He moved on to become assistant manager to Brendan Rodgers at Watford and followed Rodgers to Reading. Highly thought of by Watford supporters for his role at Vicarage Road, he returned to the club in January 2015, helping Slaviša Jokanovic's side to win promotion back to the Premier League.

Dean Austin will meet the media at Sixfields on Tuesday.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Cobblers fans Please Say No on: May 11, 2018, 23:49:08 pm
Please ban this fvcking helmet!
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC next manager on: May 10, 2018, 13:07:43 pm
Longer this goes on, the more likelihood, it won't be DA....

If he's been offered the position & wants it, why would it not be announced yet?

Surely, any logistical issues can be finalised behind the scenes?

15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC next manager on: May 09, 2018, 22:49:39 pm
DA has galvanised the whole club & created a special bond with the supporters in his short tenure...not an easy thing to achieve.

He's also served up far more attacking football than the last 3 managers combined!

His passion, positivity & honest interviews resonate with supporters like Sir Chris used to.

It reminds me of when Luton appointed another untried highly rated coach Nathan Jones

If DA gets the job, hopefully he can be as successful as him
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC next manager on: May 08, 2018, 10:43:57 am
I honestly don't think DA would just be the cheap option, but the right one.

He has somehow galvanised the whole club/supporters & I think it would be a backwards step appointing anyone else.

He's really bought back the feel good factor & I don't believe it's just the standard "new manager bounce"
He's struck up a real affinity with the fans & the players finally know their jobs, after the JFH player/tactics roulette

He's had to work with the same squad JFH had, but the transition is night & day....I have actually enjoyed going to games under DA, knowing we are at least trying to win.

He knows all about the current squad & where improvements are needed, so again, he's well ahead of any other candidate imo

No one can guarantee any managerial appointment will be a success, but DA deserves a crack if he wants it imo
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC next manager on: May 08, 2018, 08:56:13 am
Gotta be DEANO!

It just "feels" right
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC next manager on: May 06, 2018, 17:07:05 pm
I have it on v good authority that DA didn't want the job full time this was a few weeks ago, I will know more on Tuesday.
For me it has to be Rosler or Alexander, we need a bit more experience, we still can't keep a clean sheet to save our lives.

Didn't go to the Plymouth home game then?

We won 2-0 and we never looked like conceding...
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Which players would you like to see the club try to sign? on: May 06, 2018, 12:03:01 pm
Mohamed Eisa from Cheltenham would be nice
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The 'Clare Balding' POTS: Oldham (h) 05/05/2018 on: May 06, 2018, 11:57:53 am
McWilliams yet again...

What a gem of a player!
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