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League Two

Keith Curle's champagne moment

30 June 2020

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle says achieving promotion to Sky Bet League One is the finest moment he has had in football.

The Cobblers were comprehensive 4-0 winners over Exeter City in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final on Monday night, and Curle has thanked everyone at Sixfields for their belief in him.

“This is my finest moment as a manager, I’ve had some great days as an assistant manager achieving promotion with Queens Park Rangers with Neil Warnock, that is certainly up there,” he said.

“But purely being selfish as a manager, I knew that I needed a promotion and everybody else knew that I needed one, and I have never shied away from that.

“That was one thing I told the Chairman when I joined the club, that I needed a promotion and I needed a club that believed in what I do.

“So fair play everyone at the club because they have allowed me to create an environment and a platform to work, and it is a very enjoyable one.”

The Grecians have tasted Play-Off Final defeat three times in the last four seasons, but Curle was quick to pay tribute to his counterparts.

“I think we need to give Matt credit, Exeter as a football club and also the team – they earned the right to get to the Play-Off Final and as a football club I think they can be very proud,” he added.

“They have a fantastic record of reaching Play-Off Finals, they have been here three or four times now and have built a solid foundation under a very good young manager.

“We needed to make sure we turned up in this Final and it was something that I reiterated to the lads repeatedly and I have to give a lot of credit to the players for taking that all in and performing the way they did.

“There is a lot of hard work to come and there’ll be some big discussions over the next few weeks, but I am happy with the direction were heading in.”

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