So here we are just about to sneak up to the half-way point in January. Still the Cobblers are bottom of the league, still loan players are drifting in and out and, most crucially, still we have no permanent manager.
The defeat to York highlighted more deficiencies and left so much more questions than answers. Before the game, it seemed nailed on for Andy King to be appointed if we were to come through with a win but now it’s all completely up in the air again. Loan players are fine for the short term and we do have an increasing need for them because of injuries but I’m getting ever more fearful that the delays in getting a new manager in are going to cost us big time.
Loanees, however much quality they possess and however much they try, have to be very special players indeed mentally if they are willing to come in and really show desire to fight for a football club’s league survival. They know that they’ll be going back to their parent clubs when the month is up so it’s a struggle to think that they will battle for us right to the death. Stuart Gray had a massive problem with the same thing in his relegation season from League One with us and it’s clear that we need rebuilding and we need it now.
The Cardozas, of course, have the unenviable task of naming the right man but if it were to be King I would think it would have made the most sense to name him yesterday and to make it clear to players, staff and fans who is in charge. If it’s not him then they need to make their decision before the Torquay game where Chris Hargreaves will have his players bouncing off the walls for his first home game in charge.
Everyone at our football club needs an answer and we wait with baited breath for something – anything – to happen. At this point I don’t mind if it’s Jeema, the Northampton Clown or Alan Carr in charge as long as the decision is made and we know what on earth is going on! With the transfer window already half wasted it’s time to make the call, name the man and then we can all move forwards and fight this relegation battle together.