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Cheltenham Town boss unsure what reception he will face at Northampton Town



Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson is unsure what sort of reception he will receive when he returns to his former club Northampton Town on Saturday.

Johnson isn't sure about the reception he'll get

Johnson isn’t sure about the reception he’ll get

Johnson will visit Sixfields for the first time since being sacked as the Cobblers boss in November 2011.

The 59-year-old was in charge for nine-months but led an unsuccessful spell which nearly saw the club relegated from the Football League and only stayed up with a win on the last day of the season.

Johnson’s record at Northampton was six wins out of 32 matches and was replaced by Ian Sampson, however has said he enjoyed his time and praise the club’s chairman David Cardoza.

The current Cheltenham boss was asked by the club’s official website what he thought his reception would be and admitted, “I never know, because sometimes you read websites and some people hate you, whether you are top of the league or not, it doesn’t matter to some people.

“But I pretty much enjoyed my time at Northampton. It was a big job, but I think the chairman there, David Cardoza, does a fantastic job and I got on well with him and the board.

“We tried very hard to change the group at the club, because the group was in a bit of a losing mode at the time when I went there. We ended up staying in the division, I think it was with two or three games to go, because that group was on a losing run.

“But anything we needed, the chairman came up with, and he was very supportive, so I only have good thoughts about Northampton from my time there.”

Johnson did take over Northampton when they were 16th in the league and 10 points above the relegation zone which he compares to his current club.

When he took over at the Robbins, Cheltenham were bottom of League Two and two points away from safety.

“There are similarities, but obviously I had a lot more games at Northampton as I went there in the middlish time of the season, I’m not sure how many games we had left,” Johnson told

“There were a lot of players there that weren’t quite doing the job that were on pretty long contracts, and we had to try and get players in and some produced and some didn’t.

“But we stayed up, everybody was happy that happened, but Northampton as a club, and the chairman, want to do a little bit more, and so should every club have that ambition. It was one of those things that it was another club of mine that I didn’t have any problems with, and I don’t normally walk away from too many clubs feeling bad about the chairman or the club.

“I gave my best, I know they gave their best to me, and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Cheltenham are currently one point adrift from safety with three games of the season left.

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