Dean Austin has been appointed as the new manager of Northampton Town, as confirmed by the club’s official website.

Austin was in charge of the Cobblers on a caretaker basis following Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink’s departure from the club, but he failed to keep them in Sky Bet League One, and they were officially relegated on the final day of the season.

However, his work during his time there was enough to get him the job on a permanent basis, and he has been given a two-year deal, with promotion back to the third tier an immediate priority.

Speaking about the appointment, Dean Austin said: “I am very proud to have been appointed manager of Northampton Town. The Chairman, the board, the staff, the players and the supporters have had a glimpse at the way I want to work in the last few weeks and I have been delighted with the way everyone has responded.

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“I expect the highest of standards, not just on a matchday but every day in training and it is important we create and develop a culture of excellence that allows the players to grow, flourish and excel.”

Dean Austin has a wealth of experience as an assistant manager, helping guide Watford back to the Premier League in 2015, but his actual managerial experience is slim.

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas will be hoping that he has enough about him to help the Cobblers bounce straight back up to Sky Bet League One.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Dean inherited a difficult situation and a squad that lacked confidence but we think he handled things very well and has earned this opportunity.”

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“He has overseen an improvement in the results and importantly, performances, and really connected the team back with the supporters. He managed to get the team playing in a very positive manner and on the front foot from a difficult starting point.