Cooper will only take charge if he ‘gets the answers’ he wants

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Mark Cooper insists he will be waiting for further news of any investment at Kettering Town before deciding whether to prepare the team for Saturday’s home clash with Forest Green Rovers.

Cooper took charge of the Poppies for the 3-1 defeat at AFC Telford United at the weekend having made a shock return as caretaker-manager last week.

He has since confirmed that he came back only after being “guaranteed” new investment and a possible takeover were on the way at Nene Park.

But that appears to be stalling at the moment with the potential investors confirming that their due diligence is “proving hard”.

The club were served with a winding up order on Friday, which chairman Imraan Ladak says he will deal with.

But with debts now being reported at over £1m, there appears to be little light at the end of the tunnel.

It has left Cooper playing a waiting game.

He confirmed the players, who haven’t been paid on time for the third successive month, are due to be back in training on Thursday.

But he isn’t sure whether it will be him leading them.

“I am still waiting for news of the investment coming in as I was promised,” Cooper said.

“The players are off until Thursday and I will see them for training then – but only if I get the answers I and everyone else wants to hear.

“You could see at Telford on Saturday that they have some fight left in them and that they can play some decent football.

“But they need some help desperately and unless the transfer embargo is lifted, that certainly isn’t going to happen.”

The Poppies sit in the bottom four of the Blue Square Bet Premier ahead of Saturday’s clash.

Read more in today’s Evening Telegraph