Boothroyd: I’m the man to take Northampton Town forward

GRIM VIEWING - Aidy Boothroyd watches his Cobblers team lose 3-0 at Mansfield (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
GRIM VIEWING - Aidy Boothroyd watches his Cobblers team lose 3-0 at Mansfield (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Aidy Boothroyd insists he is the man to take the Cobblers forward despite guiding the team to an eighth loss of the season, at Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Town were beaten 3-0 at Field Mill, with central defender Matthias Doumbe scoring an own goal on his debut and Darren Carter hitting the post in injury time.

Boothroyd was visibly angry after the loss and confirmed the squad would be in for training at 7am on Sunday.

“I understand the fans’ concerns and the reason I’m in this job is because I’ve got a pretty good track record, not just here but elsewhere,” he said.

“At the end of it, the club is in a far better position now than it was when I first came into the job and it is only a matter of time.

“I’m not one for resigning and giving up and I will never do that. These are my players, this is my team and I have the backing of everyone in the club.

“I believe I’m the man to put this right. I was the man to put it right when we were bottom of the league before and I’ll do it again.”

Boothroyd’s team had chances in the match but once again fell short in the crucial areas of the game, with Carter also having two free-kicks saved and Ian Morris seeing an attempt from distance blocked by home keeper Alan Marriott.

But he accepts the criticism from the supporters and is confident he can improve the current situation in which the team finds itself.

“While it irritates my ego to be answering these sorts of questions I know I need to answer them. There are fans who will say get him out and get (Roberto) Mancini in,” he said.

“We live in a society in which everyone wants quick fixes and my biggest problem is that I fixed it here quickly and now we’re in another phase.

“Who else are you going to get? I am the one to put things right here. I accept the criticism and we’ll be back at it tomorrow and start again.”