Andy Holt gets Northampton Town coaching role

Andy Holt
Holt has scored eight times in 42 games this season

Northampton Town boss Gary Johnson has appointed defender Andy Holt as his player-coach.

Holt, 33 next week, joined the club in the summer of 2006 and has amassed 206 appearances, scoring 17 goals.

Johnson told the club website: "This is my appointment to introduce Andy into the coaching side.

"I still see him very much as a player but I think he can be the buffer between me and the players in the dressing room."

Holt added: "It came a bit out of the blue but I'm really delighted to have this opportunity.

"Gary spoke to me on Wednesday and we had a good chat. I want to help the club in any way I can and this is the next step for me.

"I have just got my level two coaching badge and I am doing my level three in the summer.

"Coaching is something I have always considered but my priority is as a player. I want to go on playing for as long as possible and I still think I have got a good few years left in me."

Holt started his career at Oldham and has had spells with Hull, Barnsley, Shrewsbury and Wrexham.