Defender Evan Horwood admits there is ‘something fundamentally wrong’ in the Cobblers dressing room.
The talk after last Saturday’s final-day 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Wycombe was about the team’s ‘soft underbelly’.
Horwood agrees that he and his team-mates are capable of playing some excellent football, but they are also a soft-touch defensively.
The players now head off for their summer breaks, but they will be back at Sixfields on June 22 for pre-season, and Horwood knows that is going to be a tough shift for a squad that he feels massively underachieved in finishing 12th in Sky Bet League Two.
“We are back in early for pre-season, because this group of players should be doing something,” said the left-back.
“Instead, we have finished our season, the Wycombe lads are in the play-offs, and we are doing nothing again.
“It is another season gone, with no medal, no nothing, and it’s not good enough really.
“There is something fundamentally wrong in our dressing room, and we need to rectify it quickly, as a group.
“Because where do we go, as players, from here? We go to the Conference, and none of us should be contemplating that, we should be pushing for the next league up.”
It has been a stop-start season for Horwood, who missed pre-season due to injury, and after regaining full fitness, then suffered another knock that he has had to play on with.
And it means he feels he has not been at his best.
“I’ve not been happy to be honest, I had an injury at the beginning, and then I got another injury at Plymouth, and I have been playing with that for six weeks,” he said.
“I need to sort that out, get physically ready and have a proper pre-season, because I didn’t have one last summer.
“But overall I am not happy with how I have played, it’s not been good enough, and if I don’t buck my ideas up I will be out of a job.”