Charlton Athletic granted permission to hold talks with Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder

English League Two Champions Northampton Town have granted Charlton Athletic permission to approach manager Chris Wilder and assistant Alan Knill.

Wilder has conducted a fine job at Northampton since his arrival to the club back in 2014 and having guided the Cobblers to promotion into League One this season, the 48-year-old managed to catch the eye of Charlton Athletic.

It can now be confirmed that Charlton have been given permission to hold talks with Wilder and Northampton were reluctantly obliged to do so due to a clause present in his contract.

“Northampton Town Football Club can confirm that this morning the club received an official approach from Charlton Athletic Football Club for the services of manager Chris Wilder and assistant manager Alan Knill,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“Due to release clauses in their existing contracts, the club have regrettably given permission for talks to take place.”

Following a terrible campaign, Charlton suffered the ignominy of relegation from the Championship and former manager Jose Riga tendered his resignation immediately after the Addicks’ final game of the season against Burnley last weekend.

Charlton have since identified Wilder as the man to lead their promotion charge from League One and it is expected that the two parties will hold talks over the potential move within the next few days.

Wilder is one of the most highly rated managers in the English Football League but he will surely have his work cut out to guide Charlton straight back into the Championship next season.

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