Saints will be without England stars Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley for the first game since Jim Mallinder's departure.
It wasn’t the kind of decision Mark Darbon would have anticipated he would have to make during the formative stages of his time at Saints.
The Saints board are set to consult current and former players as they seek to recruit the perfect successor for Jim Mallinder.
Chief executive Mark Darbon says Saints will run two separate processes as they seek short and long-term successors for Jim Mallinder.
You always knew the day would come at some point, but when it did, it still inspired a feeling of shock.
Saints have decided it is time to part company with director of rugby Jim Mallinder with chairman John White stressing 'the time was right for some change'.
Christian Day feels Saints were their own worst enemy in Saturday's defeat to Ospreys.
When Saints worked their socks off to qualify for the Champions Cup towards the end of last season, they had hope.
Jim Mallinder admits Saints are no closer to finding a solution for their current malaise after the 43-32 defeat to Ospreys at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday evening.
Saints scored five second-half tries but their Champions Cup hopes were extinguished during a dreadful first 60 minutes at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday evening.
Fixture: Northampton Saints v Ospreys
Lewis Ludlam will make his first Champions Cup start for Saints in Saturday's clash with Ospreys at Franklin's Gardens (kick-off 5.30pm).
Jim Mallinder says he doesn't get caught up in the criticism swirling around Saints after recent poor performances.
Prior to Saints' clash with Worcester Warriors last month, Rob Horne didn't know what it was like to lose in Northampton colours.
If Jim Mallinder has the weight of the Saints nation on his shoulders right now, he certainly isn't showing it.
Saints may not have provided their supporters with too many reasons to be positive of late, but this week's announcement of Ahsee Tuala's contract renewal should be one.
Premiership Rugby has confirmed that Saints' clash with Harlequins on December 30 will be the league's first match to be broadcast live on terrestrial television.