Northampton Town have confirmed on their official Twitter page that talks between manager Chris Wilder and Charlton Athletic on the managerial vacancy have broken down. However Chairman Kelvin Thomas admits that there is still interest in Wilder and assistant Alan Knill from elsewhere.
TalkSport news editor Alex Varney understands that Wilder wanted to become the next Addicks manager but refused to take over after failing to receive assurances over the control of signings.
Northampton Town can confirm that talks between Charlton Athletic, Chris Wilder and Alan Knill have broken down.
— Northampton Town (@ntfc) May 11, 2016
Wilder has been linked to several managerial vacancies in recent times. This season he guided Northampton Town to a convincing League Two title triumph, despite having countless financial problems earlier this season.
Thomas is set to meet up with Wilder to discuss the situation further, with the hope that he will stay on with the club into League One,
“I will be sitting down with Chris to discuss further. We are keen for this matter to be brought to a conclusion as quickly as possible.
“We understand there is further interest in Chris and Alan (Knill) however we have had no official approach at this point.”
An official statement released by Charlton Athletic confirmed that ‘the club has been unable to reach an agreement’ and that ‘the club will now continue its search for a candidate to take the club forward’.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Chris Wilder. He is clearly a man in-demand but he could now elect to see out what he has started with the Cobblers. Nevertheless, he sensibly will see if/what offers come in for him before making his next move. If he did leave, Northampton would very likely be inundated with good quality applicants anyway.