Northampton in search of leaders as the struggle continues

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Northampton manager Ian Sampson is in the hunt for new players as he looks to guide his side away from the relegation zone.

Northampton currently sit 20th in League Two having seen their odds drift from 14/1 to 50/1 to win League Two, and assistant boss Malcolm Crosby believes the lack of leadership in the Northampton team is the problem.

When a club starts the season poorly, the management look to the guys that are willing to knuckle down and battle to turnaround the clubs season, but Crosby believes Northampton are bereft of these and admits it’s a struggle to find any to bring in.

“To bring in an experienced leader is nigh on impossible in League Two,” Crosby told BBC Radio Northampton.

“We’ve been trying to get a centre back. If you bring them in they can maybe talk but they can’t run.”

Northampton threw away a three goal lead at home last weekend as bottom side Hereford managed four second half goals to claim all three points, and the result has hit home to the Cobbler’s the state of their predicament.

On loan Newcastle defender Ben Tozer was sent off in that match and has returned to Newcastle after the club confirmed they would not renew his loan deal, but Sampson is on the lookout for reinforcements.

“We will keep working on it but if we haven’t got anyone in before Saturday then we will go with what we’ve got,” said Sampson.

Northampton face a trip to Oxford on Saturday in an attempt to end their four match losing streak and are 10/3 to do so.

Leon McKenzie scored at hat-trick at Hereford and he is 7/1 to open the scoring on Saturday.

Chesterfield lead League Two and are 9/2 to win the title. See the full NPower League Two football betting odds market here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.