Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd has been appointed manager of League Two side Northampton Town.

The Cobblers, currently 21st in the table, have given the former Colchester United and Coventry City manager a rolling one-year contract.

Boothroyd was touted as one of the brightest young English coaches when he steered Watford to an unlikely promotion to the Premier League back in 2006.

Although the Hornets were relegated the following season, Boothroyd secured a Championship play-off place in the 2007/08 campaign, losing to Hull City in the semi-finals.

Boothroyd left Vicarage Road by mutual consent in November later that year after guiding the Hornets to just 15 points in 15 league games.

He was appointed manager of League One side Colchester United in 2009 before leaving to join Coventry City in the summer of 2010.

Despite a strong start to the season, Boothroyd was sacked in March this year following a run of one win in 16 league games.