Cobblers boss Wilder: I trust Cardoza

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder and chairman David Cardoza
Cobblers boss Chris Wilder and chairman David Cardoza

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder says he has ‘100 per cent trust’ in chairman David Cardoza to make the right decision on the club’s future.

Last week, Cardoza revealed that he had agreed to sell his controlling share in the Cobblers to an Indian consortium.

He has signed a ‘heads of terms agreement’ with the party, which has yet to be named.

Wilder was informed of the news by Cardoza and fully believes that it will not have a disruptive effect on his plans for the new season.

Cobblers play their first pre-season match, at Sileby Rangers, on Sunday and the manager has given his full support to Cardoza.

“I’ve got 100 per cent trust in the chairman and in the decisions he makes,” Wilder said.

“He’s not a selfish person and the reason that I came to the football club was because of that.

“Of course, I came to the football club because of his long-term view and ambition, and he’s a really good guy. That’s the reason I took the job.

“I had other things, in my situation when I was at Oxford United, and I came here.

“One thing that will always be consistent is the desire to do well for the football club and make the right decision for the football club.

“Whether he’s here or he moves on, that is his decision, but I know he won’t give it up to anybody that will make the club in a worse position. I fully believe that.

Wilder admits it was a ‘difficult situation’ for him after hearing the news of a takeover as the possible change of ownership will inevitably bring uncertainty to Sixfields.

But he remains comfortable with how things are going and is focusing on the job in hand.

Wilder added: “It was a difficult situation for me last week because if the news gets broken we, as part of the football club, whether we’re staff, whether we’re working in the office or working with the players, have to get our heads down and carry on working to the best of our ability.

“As I’ve said, the chairman will make the right decision for the football club, and he’s certainly not a person in my view that will do something just to please him and just to make sure he benefits.

“He wouldn’t have spent this amount of time at this football club and the amount of effort and money that he has if he didn’t feel a lot about it and he didn’t have an affiliation with it.

“I’m sure as far as he’s concerned he’ll do the right thing and I’m very comfortable with that.”

And Wilder insists it is business as usual on the playing front as he continues to try to bolster his squad ahead of the start of the new Sky Bet League Two season on August 8.

“The nucleus of the group is there and there to be seen,” he said.

“We’ve made some excellent signings, we’re very very close on another goalkeeper today, we still recognise that we need to bring another centre-half in, a midfield player and a forward player.

“We’re in a situation now where we’re looking at players pre-season, they’ll be players that turn out for us on Sunday, Tuesday and next Saturday and are trying to earn a contract.

“We’ve balanced it out that we wanted a good, healthy group but we wanted to leave a few places open for players that haven’t got clubs that want to go and earn a contract.

“I had to do that at the back end of my career, when I was 29 or 30 I had to go down to Brighton and try to earn a contract and I did, and we’ve done that in the past.

“We did it with Lawson (D’Ath) last year, and what an absolutely fantastic find he’s turned out to be, so there’ll be players floating about.

“It doesn’t mean that as soon as they pull a shirt on we’re going to sign them but we’re going to have a long look at them.

“We’re in a great position, we can make decisions, the sort of power has flicked back to us now.

“We can make decisions to see what’s right for us but in terms of anything else I’ve got a budget to work to and as far as I’m concerned it’s business as usual.

“I’ll be trying to add the finishing touches to a squad that I’m sure will go well this year.”