Chris Wilder: Football League manager camaraderie important

Chris Wilder and Neal Ardley
Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder and AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder says the camaraderie between managers at lower-league level is important.

Wilder faces Dagenham, managed by ex-team-mate Wayne Burnett, on Saturday.

"There's a few that don't come into the category, but the office is well stocked with beers, a bottle of wine and a few boxes of pizza," Wilder said.

"It's important, it's a tough job. We're all after the same result - there's a lot of good quality managers at this level and the league below."

He continued to BBC Radio Northampton: "We know for 90 minutes we're battling it out for our side, some people overstep the mark, but in general there's a lot of respect.

"It's not a backslapping exercise, I think everyone understands how tough the job is and how cutthroat the business it. Afterwards it's a shake of the hand and a beer."

While Wilder's side currently sit 11th in League Two, Burnett's Dagenham are in the relegation zone and without a league win this season.

But Wilder has the utmost respect for Burnett, whom he played with at Leyton Orient.

"I think he's done a great job there. It's not always the managers that get the recognition for the jobs that they do, and I think Wayne's one of those because it really is a shoestring budget," Wilder added.

"He has to pull players from here there and everywhere and gets value for money - I think it's a sign of a talented manager."

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