Cobblers chairman David Cardoza answered fans’ questions this afternoon on a live web chat. He discussed topics such as new signings, his commitment to the club, Gary Johnson, Aidy Boothroyd and the ongoing issues with stadium development. You can see the entire web chat replayed here.
Paul Turnbull has returned to former employees Stockport County on an initial one month loan deal. It’s fair to say that the midfielder hasn’t lived up to the hype afforded to him by Gary Johnson on completing his pursuit of him in the summer and it makes sense for both parties to make this move. Turnbull could make his second début with the club this evening as the Hatters meet AFC Telford.
Meanwhile, Aidy Boothroyd expects it to be a busy last few days of the transfer window. I’m guessing that means more exits than new blood with the manager needing to cut down on the size of the squad which is still well too high. The problems then become bringing in the right replacements and I personally would prefer to see long term contracts than short term loans after the problems Stuart Gray had during his fateful relegation season.
Bayo Akinfenwa has once again sparked discussion over his future by being non committal about his future. “Whatever happens, happens,” is a little vague but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the big man is no longer a Cobbler come the end of the month despite him starting and scoring on Saturday against Barnet.
Former two time Cobbler Ashley Westwood has popped up as the new interim manager at Kettering Town following Mark Cooper’s decision to take a step back from the role. Westwood has taken a player/manager role with the Poppies struggling for players. If they’re that desperate for numbers maybe Westy can give his old defensive buddy Ashley Corker a call…
Former Norwich City striker Oli Johnson has signed for promotion hunters Oxford United on a deal until the end of the season. Johnson was released by the Canaries earlier this month.
Guy Madjo is the latest striker to attempt to solve Aldershot’s problems in front of goal. Madjo signed for an undisclosed, five figure fee from League One Stevenage having scored a hat-trick against the Shots whilst on loan at Port Vale in December. He made his debut on Saturday but couldn’t prevent his new side’s run without scoring to six games after a 0-0 draw against Accrington Stanley.
Heading out of the EBB Stadium though is midfielder Jermaine McGlashan who joined League Two rivals Cheltenham Town for an undisclosed fee.
Macclesfield Town have signed Chesterfield’s 30 year old midfielder Dwayne Mattis on a free transfer. Mattis struggled to get back into the Spireites’ side after suffering an ankle injury earlier in the season and agreed to cancel his contract at the club in order to make the move to Moss Rose.
And Morecambe have snapped up ex Man City and Rochdale striker Jack Redshaw on an 18 month contract after impressing during a recent trial.