The Evening telegraph joins calls for Kettering Town’s chairman to leave and give the club a chance to survive

Irthlingborough KTFC new ground finalised: The key to our future, Chairman Imraan Ladak.'03/08/11

Irthlingborough KTFC new ground finalised: The key to our future, Chairman Imraan Ladak.'03/08/11

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Fans, players, the town’s MP and the Evening Telegraph have joined calls for Kettering Town Football Club chairman Imraan Ladak to leave and give the club a fighting chance of survival.

Fans have started a petition asking for Mr Ladak to quit, the club’s caretaker manager will not come back to work until the chairman leaves and even Kettering MP Philip Hollobone has asked for Mr Ladak to do the decent thing.

A player yesterday reflected the discontent among those being asked to turn out for the club despite not being paid by holding up a card calling for Mr Ladak to quit.

The financial situation at the club is so bad that fans were yesterday attempting to arrange a coach to take the players to Saturday’s game in Wrexham.

However, the chairman himself has appeared to suggest that he may be on the verge of finally relinquishing control by saying that the results of a hearing in London yesterday were favourable and would help secure new investment.

Mr Hollobone told the Evening Telegraph yesterday that no individual was bigger than the club.

He said: “He (Mr Ladak) needs to do the right thing for the club to ensure it has a future.

“The club needs a buyer who has some money that can be invested.

“I think we all hope someone comes forward.”

Glimmer of hope – read more in today’s Evening Telegraph