An article in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo newspaper claims that Northampton Town are “refusing to be drawn on rumours linking them with a move for former Sixfields favourite Marc Richards.” However, as OVF reports, the piece containing little evidence of this “refusal” and is full of glaring errors.
The article (which to OVF’s eyes contains nothing more than speculation) quotes Northampton chairman David Cardoza making the following statement: “Marc is a goalscorer, he’s scored a lot of goals and I’m sure he’s on everyone’s radar. He’s a good player and there will be lots of clubs looking at him.”
The article seems to misread Vale’s financial position claiming that the club are “desperate” to keep hold of Richards but as the Vale are in administration, they are unable to offer a new contract.
This may be true at the moment, but it fails to take account of the fact that businessman Keith Ryder is close to taking the club out of administration, that Richards has rejected moves elsewhere and that Micky Adams has had talks with key players to assure them that new contracts will be dicussed very soon.
It also incorrectly claims that Richards is “available on a free” but that is not the case (a more accurate statement would be that Richards “could be available on a free”) until the end of the season by which point the striker may have been offered a new contract.