Northampton Town have confirmed that they have granted manager Chris Wilder permission to discuss the managerial vacancy at League One side Sheffield United. Nigel Adkins was dismissed from his post earlier today, with the expectation that Wilder will take over in the coming days.
Wilder will meet up with representatives of the Bramall Lane club along with his assistant manager Alan Knill. Clauses in their existing contracts means that both are now free to discuss the role.
The official statement released by Northampton Town on their official website today read as follows,
Northampton Town Football Club can confirm that the club has received an official approach from Sheffield United Football Club for the services of Manager Chris Wilder and Assistant Manager Alan Knill.
Due to release clauses in their existing contracts, the club have regrettably given permission for talks to take place.
It has was an excellent end to the season for Wilder and the Cobblers, who comfortably sealed the League Two title despite enduring several financial issues earlier in the campaign. However the lure of returning to his former club appears to be too good of an opportunity for Wilder to turn down. Yet it is also worth noting that he was interested in taking over at Charlton Athletic, and following talks with them, the move broke down.
Speaking to their official YouTube channel (video below) Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas is seeking for a quick resolution to Wilder and Knill’s future, and expects the deal to be completely very soon,
“I really expect the deal to be completely in the next 24 hours. I said all the way through this process, I wanted things to be done quickly. We never wanted to lose Chris or Alan but I think most people understand that Sheffield United will be a big pull for him.”