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Cobblers boss Austin believes Spanish trip is crucial preparation for season ahead

Cobblers will step up their preparations for the new season this weekend when they fly out to Spain for a week-long training camp at Real Club de Golf Campoamor complex in Alicante.

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England boss Gareth Southgate

Football’s coming home! Austin backing Southgate’s boys to go all the way and win the World Cup

Cobblers boss Dean Austin believes England have got what it takes to go all the way and win the World Cup ahead of tonight’s semi-final showdown with Croatia.

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Kevin van Veen

Austin optimistic over van Veen injury as Cobblers continue pre-season campaign at Brackley

Dean Austin is hopeful that striker Kevin van Veen will be fit enough to play a part in tonight’s friendly with Brackley Town after limping off during Saturday’s game against St Albans City.

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Highly-rated: Morgan Roberts had featured in both pre-season friendlies so far and is expected to get more chances. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Austin hails Cobblers’ impressive young guns and says more chances will come

Northampton’s impressive crop of youngsters have been urged to seize their opportunity by manager Dean Austin after seven academy-produced players featured in Saturday’s 4-0 friendly win at St Albans City.

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Daniel Powell has caught the eye in both pre-season friendlies so far

‘Unplayable’ Powell tipped to shine by boss Austin after scoring twice in St Albans win

Cobblers boss Dean Austin has showered praise on Daniel Powell, describing the winger as ‘unplayable’ after his impressive performance and two-goal showing against St Albans City in Saturday’s second pre-season friendly.

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Austin not giving much away but hints transfer activity could be imminent

Cobblers boss Dean Austin is continuing to keep his cards close to his chest with regards to transfer speculation surrounding the club this summer, although he has hinted that there ‘maybe’ some movement over the coming days.

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Happy boss: Dean Austin believes Town are making 'steady progress' as they prepare for the new season

Encouraged Austin sees his plan coming together after ‘positive’ St Albans performance

Cobblers boss Dean Austin said there were ‘lots of positives’ to come out of Saturday’s 4-0 friendly win over St Albans City at Clarence Park, giving him encouragement that his side are on the right track ahead of the new season.

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Matt Crooks has taken a full part in pre-season training

Cobblers midfielder Crooks in line for playing return in St Albans friendly

Midfielder Matt Crooks is in line to feature for the Cobblers in Saturday’s second pre-season friendly at St Albans City (ko 12.30pm), while Dean Bowditch is also making good progress in his recovery from injury.

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Dean Austin gave a positive assessment of his side's fitness after their first pre-season friendly on Tuesday. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Sileby workout is a positive one for Cobblers boss Austin

Cobblers boss Dean Austin remains satisfied with the progress his players are making after their 2-0 victory in Tuesday’s opening pre-season friendly against Northampton Sileby Rangers at Fernie Fields.

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View from the press box: The alternative Northampton Town awards for the 2017/18 season

View from the press box: The alternative Northampton Town awards for the 2017/18 season

Cobblers brought the curtain down on their 2017/18 Sky Bet League One campaign with a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic on Saturday, confirming their relegation to League Two having finished 22nd.

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Next Cobblers boss new poll: do you still want the same man or has your mind changed?

Next Cobblers boss new poll: do you still want the same man or has your mind changed?

Last month, we ran a poll asking Cobblers fans who they want as next manager and Graham Alexander was the comfortable winner with 27% of the vote, well clear of next favourite Kevin Wilkin.

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Will Dean Austin be the man to lead Town's quest for promotion next season?

Angry Austin rues ‘avoidable’ relegation but says Cobblers will ‘come back stronger’

When Dean Austin reflected on Northampton’s disappointing season after their relegation from League One had been confirmed courtesy of Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Oldham athletic, his overriding emotions were frustration, regret and, above all, anger.

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Morgan Roberts replaced fellow academy graduate Shaun McWilliams in stoppage-time of Saturday's final game of the season against Oldham. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Austin excited by academy duo’s potential after handing teenager Roberts his Cobblers debut

Dean Austin has hailed the ‘serious quality’ of academy player Morgan Roberts after the teenager was handed his senior Cobblers debut against Oldham Athletic at the weekend.

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Richard O'Donnell

Cobblers ‘keeper O’Donnell discusses his long-term future at Sixfields

Goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell is one of a number of players that the Cobblers will be keen to keep hold of ahead of their return to Sky Bet League Two next season.

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Dean Austin finished with a record of two wins, two defeats and one draw from his five games in temporary charge

Austin would accept full-time Cobblers job if Thomas talks go to plan after ‘enjoyable’ caretaker stint

Cobblers caretaker boss Dean Austin has revealed he will accept the full-time manager’s job if it’s offered to him, but only providing both he and chairman Kelvin Thomas share the same vision for the club when they sit down for talks this week.

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SEVEN FOR THE SEASON: Centre-back Ash Taylor finished the campaign as Northampton's second top goalscorer. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Northampton Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2 – match review, player ratings and highlights

Two relegations in one, the subdued atmosphere and glum faces all around Sixfields at the full-time whistle of Saturday’s season finale was a rather fitting way for this mostly underwhelming campaign to conclude.

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GOAL JOY - Ash Taylor celebrates with caretaker boss Dean Austin after firing the Cobblers into a 2-1 lead against Oldham at Sixfields (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Double dose of relegation woe as Sixfields stalemate sends Cobblers and Oldham down

The Cobblers had their relegation to Sky Bet League Two confirmed on Saturday when held to a 2-2 draw by Oldham Athletic on the final day of the season at Sixfields.

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Dean Austin is the current favourite for the full-time job

Austin ‘has always wanted to stay’ but says he will ‘do what’s best for the club’

Dean Austin has vowed to do ‘what’s best for the club’ when he holds talks about his future with Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas at the end of the season.

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David Buchanan and Dean Austin embrace

Buchanan wants ‘great bloke’ Austin to be given the top job at Sixfields

David Buchanan says he would be ‘happy’ for Dean Austin to get the Cobblers job on a full-time basis after hailing the current caretaker manager as ‘a great bloke and a great coach’.

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Leon Barnett heads away during Town's recent win over Bury

Barnett frustrated by Walsall defeat and admits Cobblers ‘haven’t been good enough’

Defender Leon Barnett has accepted that the Cobblers have fallen well short of expectations this season and they can have no complaints over their impending relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

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