New hope but fans still want changes

Mark Cooper may now be in charge but there is still unrest among fans about the club's future
Mark Cooper may now be in charge but there is still unrest among fans about the club's future

The head of Kettering Town’s supporters’ trust is refusing to go to another home game until the club chairman steps down, in a protest about the running of the club.

Mark Severn has said he can no longer support Imraan Ladak’s reign following a whirlwind of events which has left the club on the brink of extinction.

There was some positive news on Wednesday evening with the appointment of ex-manager Mark Cooper but the club is still struggling under reported debts of about £250,000 and failure to pay players’ wages in full.

The behind-the-scenes troubles combined with a stalled takeover by former director Lee Thorn have not helped the team on the field.

Mr Severn said: “We want to know what is happening, we want the wages and bills to be paid and we want a future for this club.

“It has become very difficult for me to continue supporting the team while Imraan Ladak is at the helm.

“It is great to have Mark Cooper back and hear rumours of a buy-out but until Imraan steps down my optimism is tempered.”

Mr Severn headed a trust meeting last night with fellow members also frustrated at the club’s current situation.

He said: “We desperately want to see a future for this club, but it is hard to see it right now.”

Supporters’ trust member and scoreboard operator at Nene Park, Chris Knight, said: “Do we boycott games or continue to support the club with Mr Ladak as the owner – I don’t know what to do, I’m just desperate for the club to still be here in a month’s time.”