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Northampton Town name Gary Johnson as new boss


Johnson will not rule out play-offs

Northampton Town have appointed former Yeovil, Bristol City and Peterborough United manager Gary Johnson as their new boss on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Johnson left as Posh boss two months ago following disagreements with chairman Darragh MacAnthony.

The 55-year-old will succeed Ian Sampson, who was sacked by the club's board on Wednesday following a run of seven games without a win.

"It's all happened so quickly really," Johnson told BBC Radio Northampton.

"They asked me to come up Thursday night to have a chat and their ambitions go along with my ambitions.

"We've got to get a few more bums on seats but it's a good project to take this club to the next league and beyond."

Chairman David Cardoza added: "I am delighted that we have got our man.

"As soon as we parted with Ian Sampson, we identified Gary as our top target and we moved quickly to get him.

The fact that we have got this sorted out so quickly shows how keen Gary is to join us

Northampton chairman David Cardoza

"It is a sign of our ambition that not only did we target Gary, but that we have been able to appoint him as our new manager.

"He has all the attributes we are looking for - experience, a proven record, he has led sides to promotion at different levels in the Football League and he has a wealth of experience and contacts.

"I met Gary on Thursday, we chatted again on Friday morning and agreed terms.

"The fact that we have got this sorted out so quickly shows how keen Gary is to join us and to be a success for us.

"I am sure the supporters are delighted with this and I hope they turn up in numbers to welcome Gary to Sixfields when we play Shrewsbury Town on Saturday afternoon."

Johnson's managerial career started with spells at Newmarket Town, Cambridge United and Kettering Town.

He took on the role of Latvia national team manager for two years in 1999 before returning to England to lead Yeovil.

In his four years with the Glovers he won the FA Trophy and took the club from the Conference to League One.

And that success continued when he joined Bristol City in 2005, taking them from League One to the 2008 Championship play-off final, which they lost to Hull.

He left the Robins in March 2010 by mutual consent, taking charge at Peterborough a month later.

Despite keeping them among the League One play-off contenders and winning 15 of his 33 games in charge, his relationship with Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony broke down and he left London Road in January.

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see also
Cardoza to hire experienced boss
03 Mar 11 |  Northampton
Northampton sack manager Sampson
02 Mar 11 |  Northampton
Boss Johnson leaves Peterborough
10 Jan 11 |  Peterborough

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