The Association was sorry to hear the news that our member and former Sky Blues defender Robert Page has parted company from Sky Blues League One rivals Northampton Town. Rob had only taken over the gaffer’s chair at Sixfields from Chris Wilder last May but a recent 5-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers (making nine defeats in eleven starts) clearly precipitated his departure. Rob was an uncompromising central defender for the Sky Blues making 70 league appearances for CCFC between 2005-08. League One has become a veritable managerial graveyard in recent months!
The Cobbler’s website stated:- “Rob has always been extremely professional throughout his time and has only ever wanted the club to be successful. It was always going to be a very tough challenge following last year and the expectation that created, so we thank him for his efforts and we wish him very well for the future.”
Rob had moved to the Cobblers from Vale Park where he had been gaffer since 2014 (after a spell as caretaker with Port Vale) in turn replacing his old boss and fellow CCFPA member Micky Adams. Rob signed up for the Association in September 2013 (left) supported by Micky (then also a recent CCFPA signing).
Adams (below right), both a former player and manager of the Sky Blues has also held the gaffer’s chair at Tranmere Rovers and Sligo Rovers since leaving Vale Park. Port Vale, whom the Sky Blues face at the Ricoh on Wednesday 25th just before the game at Sixfields, are themselves currently managerless after the departure of Robert’s replacement, gaffer Bruno Ribiero last December after less than seven months! Port Vale and Northampton are currently 15th and 16th in League One.
After Rob Page’s departure from Sixfields it is unclear whether the Cobblers will have a new manager in place in time for the Sky Blues visit at the end of the month. Paul Wilkinson has taken over for the time being. This comes after the Sky Blues next League opponents on Saturday, Chesterfield, sacked their manager Danny Wilson over the weekend. The Spireites will be caretaker managed by Ritchie Humphreys for the crucial relgation zone fixture for the Sky Blues own relatively new gaffer Russell Slade!
CCFPA wishes Rob all the best for his future career.