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Wilder takes Northampton job

League Two's bottom side Northampton have confirmed the appointment of Chris Wilder as their new manager.

Wilder has been handed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Sixfields, after a compensation package was agreed between Northampton and his previous club Oxford.

The 46-year-old had been in charge at Oxford United since December 2008 and guided the club back into the Football League and up to their current position of sixth, four points behind leaders Scunthorpe.

Former Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Bury and Torquay boss Alan Knill will act as Wilder's assistant.

Andy King, who had been acting as caretaker since the depature of Aidy Boothroyd, has decided to move on following the arrival of Wilder.

Wilder, who previously had a six-year stint in charge of Halifax, now faces a fight against relegation with the Cobblers, who are six points from safety after Saturday's 3-1 home defeat by Chesterfield.

Northampton chairman David Cardoza said: "I am delighted to be able to appoint Chris.

"I know it has been a frustrating time for our supporters and I apologise for that, but I make no apologies for taking our time and making sure we made the right appointment.

"We were in the capable hands of Andy King so we took our time, assessed our options and spoke to a lot of people in the game. All the reports we got on Chris were excellent.

"We were looking for a manager who has the experience required to guide us out of our current position and one who is ambitious and driven enough to take the club forward in the medium term and Chris is the perfect choice.

Cardoza grateful to counterpart

"The fact that he served Oxford and Halifax for so long shows what a good job he did at both clubs.

"I would like to say a big thank you to Oxford chairman Ian Lenagan, who has been an absolute gentleman through this whole process. These situations have the potential to become quite unpleasant but he has been very professional.

"He has been a tough negotiator but we finally reached a compensation figure that we were both comfortable with and I wish him and Oxford United the very best of luck in their promotion push.

"Chris will be able to strengthen the squad before the transfer window closes and that is now the focus of our work."

On the departure of King, Cardoza added: "We are disappointed that Andy has chosen to leave but we wish him well.

"He did a very good job in difficult circumstances over the last few weeks, and he conducted himself with great dignity and in good humour."

The Cobblers play host to Rochdale in League Two on Tuesday night.