Former Kettering Town manager returns and new investment to save club is on the way

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Former Kettering Town Football Club manager Mark Cooper has made a shock return to the club after being told that new investment to save the cash-strapped club is on the way.

Chairman Imraan Ladak has confirmed he spoke to those who could be about to invest in Kettering Town before Cooper’s dramatic return to the club last night.

Cooper, who enjoyed a highly successful two-and-a-half-year spell at the club between 2007 and 2009, has been appointed as caretaker-manager for the remainder of the Blue Square Bet Premier season.

The news came through after it was confirmed that previous manager Mark Stimson had left the club after a spell that had seen him work under a transfer embargo imposed by the Football Conference after the playing squad weren’t paid in time over the past couple of months.

Chairman Mr Ladak said: “The club needs the right man and Mark is someone who has worked here before.

“He knows our squad and he is the best man to come in.

“Mark obviously had questions about what the future holds and he knows talks are under way with investors.

“Those investors have been informed of the situation and know what is happening.

“Those who I have been talking to are fully aware of the situation.

“Mark is here on a voluntary basis to help us and I am sure he will receive the full backing of the players and our fans.”

Meanwhile, Mr Ladak says there is light at the end of the tunnel as far as the transfer embargo is concerned.

As well as a failure to pay the players because of severe financial problems, the club were also sanctioned after failing to pay Crawley Town for loan deals earlier in the season.

“We have been talking to the Conference and to Crawley and there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel,” Mr Ladak added.

“But we will know more about that shortly.”

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