CHRIS WILDER CAN SOLVE THE COB­BLERS CO­NUN­DRUM

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.

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