CHRIS WILDER CAN SOLVE THE COBBLERS CONUNDRUM
SEEING Chris Wilder move from Oxford to Northampton, I’m sure most people will think: “Why would you leave a team in the play-offs to take over at a team bottom of the league?” But look- ing from the outside, I don’t think it’s been all rosy for Chris at Oxford over the last few months. Off the field, I think he’s had a tough time.
Only Chris knows the real reason for his depar- ture. But to be successful as a manager, you must be happy with your surroundings. You know when it’s time to go and, after six years in charge, he mst have felt that way for a while now. He’s joined a decent club in Northampton, but one that’s done for plenty of very good managers. Gary Johnson and Aidy Boothroyd have both been very successful elsewhere, yet both ended up getting sacked.When Aidy went there, I thought: “What a great appointment”. I was 100 per cent convinced he would get them up to League One. But having gone so close last season – they lost 3-0 to Bradford in the play-off final – even he struggled at the start of this season.
Normally you know why things aren’t working – lack of resources or a difficult chairman. But Northampton are a real conundrum. I hope Chris solves it.