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Northampton need more paying customers to justify squad size

Chairman David Cardoza has warned supporters Northampton will be forced to cut its playing budget for next season if attendances fall further. Ian Sampson's side are in the middle of their best run of the season but crowds have been down.

He said: "If you are clever you can get a decent squad without spending too much money. Look at Rochdale and Bury, they have both got much smaller budgets than us.

"Those two clubs will be paying significantly less on players' wages than us and they are top of the league, so it can be done.

"At the moment we're still having to put significant amounts of money in and we have to ask ourselves how long we're going to throw money into a black hole?

"The club needs to be self sufficient and that's what we are aiming at."

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