Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Load of Cobblers Can't Deter Fenwick

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Load of Cobblers Can't Deter Fenwick

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TERRY FENWICK is an angry man. Bitter, frustrated and struggling to fill his unwanted leisure time. The colour in his red cheeks is not the legacy of two years in the Trinidadian sun, but the product of his deep-seated rage following a much shorter stay in Northampton.

It is easy to see why. Fenwick flew halfway across the world, abandoning a lucrative contract with Trinidad Champions CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh, to take over as manager of Second Division strugglers Northampton Town. The former England defender was given an 18-month contract, but cleared his desk after just 48 days. His has been a winter of discontent.

He told Standard Sport: "It's terrible the way I've been treated, disgusting. I gave up a wonderful lifestyle in Trinidad on the basis of Northampton's assurances, and all I got was a kick in the teeth. I was told it was a development job, not something that would last a matter of months.

"I came back from a great job on good money and have not been given a chance. I had one of the best apartments in Trinidad with a swimming pool and a driving range in the back garden. It was fantastic.

"To jack that in for Northampton was a big gamble, but I wanted to give it a go.

England is the best place in the world to manage, and I wanted to prove myself."

Fenwick was not given that opportunity.

His brief reign encompassed seven winless games as the Cobblers battled against relegation, but the signs were shortly after his arrival and the former Crystal Palace, QPR and Tottenham defender appears to have been the victim of mismanagement and boardroom politics.

Chairman Andrew Ellis, who brought him to Sixfields, was ousted and relations with the new board were uneasy. Fenwick began to suspect that the incoming chairman Ken Good was talking to his coaching staff behind his back, and was soon proved correct. …

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