Confusion reigns off the pitch as Poppies open with a goalless draw

Poppies boss John Beck saw his team open with a 0-0 draw at Weymouth
Poppies boss John Beck saw his team open with a 0-0 draw at Weymouth

Ritchie Jeune appears to have stepped down as chairman of Kettering Town – less than two weeks after he announced himself into the role.

A statement was released on the club’s website ahead of today’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division opener at Weymouth, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

The statement, which people from within the club believe has come from former chairman and majority shareholder Imraan Ladak, confirmed that Jeune, for the time being, remains just a volunteer at the Poppies with no formal agreement yet reached for the long-term ownership of the club.

The statement said: “Following George Rolls’ FA suspension, the Supporters Trust and volunteers including Ritchie Jeune have been working tirelessly to prepare for the forthcoming season.

“At the same time the shareholders of the club have been working to try to resolve long term ownership and control of the club, whilst also injecting funds into the club in the short term.

“It was anticipated that matters could be officially finalised prior to commencement of the new season but despite all parties efforts, this has not been possible. It is hoped that formal agreement can be reached by the end of the month.

“The club can confirm that at this time Ritchie Jeune remains a volunteer and is not in any capacity an official of Kettering Town FC along with the Supporters Trust, whilst George Rolls is at this time prohibited from any involvement in football matters at Kettering Town.

“All non-football events at Nene Park are managed by Poppies Events and no other third party.

“An interim Chairman will be announced at the earliest opportunity a board meeting can be convened.”

A crow of 901 were on hand on the south-coast to see the Poppies, who included one of their latest signings Matt Langston, claim a point at Weymouth.

Kettering also added former Horsham defender Abidemi Bolaji, ex-Celtic youth midfielder Jordan Lowdon and defender Ugo Okoro to their squad ahead of the game.