Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink sacked by Northampton after Peterborough defeat
Last Updated: 02/04/18 8:52pm
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been sacked by Northampton Town after a 2-0 defeat to Peterborough left the club two points adrift of safety in League One.
Hasselbaink took charge of the Cobblers in September with the club bottom of the division and without a point, and the former Chelsea striker made an immediate impression at Sixfields by guiding the club to back-to-back victories in the league.
However, a run of nine games without a victory culminating in the defeat to local rivals Peterborough on Monday has left Northampton third bottom of League One with just five games remaining in the season.
"Northampton Town can confirm they have parted company with manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink," a club statement read.
"Assistant manager Dean Austin will be taking caretaker charge of the first team for the rest of the season, assisted by under 18s coach Jon Brady, with John Pemberton also departing."
Club chairman Kelvin Thomas added: "We are sorry to see Jimmy depart as he has worked very hard for us but felt a change at this point was in the best interests of the club.
"We understand we are in a very tough spot and what the task in hand is, but I'm confident that the players, supporters and staff will all unite behind Dean and Jon for the remaining five games of the season.
"It has certainly been a challenging time for the club, but we need to look forward and put our full focus on these remaining five fixtures."
Austin will take charge of his first game on Tuesday, April 10 when Northampton travel to face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
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