Congratulations to CCFPA member and former Sky Blues defender Robert Page who was yesterday officially confirmed as the new manager of League Two runaway Champions Northampton Town. Rob takes over the gaffer’s chair from Chris Wilder who recently departed for a similar post at Sheffield United. Page moves from the Sky Blues League One rivals Port Vale FC where he was appointed manager in 2014 (after a spell as caretaker at Vale Park) in turn replacing his old boss and fellow CCFPA member Micky Adams. The ex-Watford and Sheffield United defender had been in the Potteries for five years,
Rob, who was an uncompromising central defender for the Sky Blues making 70 league appearances for CCFC between 2005-08. Vale finished below the Sky Blues in League One last term in 12th and Page had a year to run on his contract. He had been linked with both the Cardiff and Sheffield United jobs, but instead has joined the club which won League Two this season by 13 points under Wilder. When the Sky Blues visit Page’s new team next season some of our fans are likely to have mixed feelings given the controversary surrounding CCFC’s temporary sojourn at Sixfields as a result of the Club’s dispute with the former owner’s of the Ricoh. The Cobbler’s own recent financial difficulties arising from ground development have seemingly not handicapped such a surprisingly good performance from the club’s players.
Rob signed up for the Association in September 2013 (left) supported by then recent signing Micky Adams. Micky (right) is, of course both a former player and manager of the Sky Blues and has also held the gaffer’s chair at Tranmere Rovers and Sligo Rovers since leaving Vale Park. We hope Rob Page does well at Northampton Town (apart, of course, from the two fixtures the Cobblers will have against the Sky Blues in 2016-17)!