A change of manager at Northampton Town will only help Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson develop as a player, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it was important as a youngster to get a mix of good and bad experiences under your belt to help build character.

The Cobblers confirmed they had parted company with Keith Curle after a disappointing run of results which has left the club battling against relegation from League One.

As revealed by Football Insider, Sutton United boss Matt Gray is in the frame to take charge at Sixfields after his impressive work at the National League outfit.

Edmondson joined Northampton on loan in January after spending the first half of the campaign at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

Having featured primarily as an impact substitute for the Dons, he started five consecutive games for the League One side before featuring off the bench for their last two fixtures.

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Whelan admitted it has been a “mixed bag” for the 19-year-old this season but insisted overcoming challenges such as poor form and a change of manager would help him further down the line.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: It’s been strange times for Ryan, hasn’t it? He’s gone to Aberdeen, he’s come away from Aberdeen, he’s got the injury which stop-started his season, so it’s been a very mixed bag for him.

“I do believe now that you always learn from experience, good or bad, there’s always something to take out of it and I’m sure as a person and a character he is figuring out a lot about himself.

“Going through tough times, which only makes you stronger anyway as a football player, not playing, moving to different clubs to try and get that experience that you need – every experience is a good experience, no matter what level it is, as a young player.

“You can only go into it honestly and take out what you put in, and you just hope they’ve got the right attitude to put things in that they’re going to learn from and get something out of, because if you’re not, there’s no point doing it.

“People want to see good attitudes in players when they put them out on loan as a young lad and that’s not just Leeds United, that’s Northampton and other places but look, he’s a player that’s got loads to offer, but it’s down to him to make it work, nobody else.”

In other Leeds United news, Kevin Campbell has made a big claim about Illan Meslier.