Doyle: Issues at Poppies are bigger than football

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Alan Doyle admits the issues at Kettering Town go way beyond football after he was thrust into the limelight on Saturday.

The problems at Nene Park seem to have reached fever pitch after manager John Beck was escorted away from the stadium ahead of the 3-0 defeat to Concord Rangers in the first qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

Rumours had surfaced in the morning that Beck had either been sacked or resigned but he was at the stadium as normal expecting to take the game.

Instead, after a series of phone calls and meetings, he left the ground and chief scout Doyle was told to prepare the depleted Poppies for the match.

The controversy came at the end of a week that had seen players Ed Palmer and Ben Gerring leave the club along with assistant-manager Dean Greygoose.

The Kettering squad are still awaiting their full wages for September and the next pay day is due to take place on Friday this week.

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

Majority shareholder Imraan Ladak also revealed last week that he is in talks with two potential investors but it now seems the club’s future is in more doubt than ever after just 215 people came to watch the Poppies in action on Saturday.

Doyle revealed he was told at 12.30pm that he would be taking the team and, after witnessing a poor display, he acknowledged that the squad is “not good enough” but also admitted that what is happening on the pitch is the least of their problems.

“I knew at about 12.30pm that I was going to be in charge and I was told that if I couldn’t take charge then there wouldn’t be a game,” the former Histon manager said.

“I got here and John had the same text message and I just said that I didn’t want to get involved in it all.

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

“John said that he had come to an agreement with Imraan Ladak and then at around 1.50pm he gave me the team he picked.

“We didn’t really have any substitutes and then one of the lads got injured in the warm-up.

“I don’t really know what is going on.

“There are some players being paid and some aren’t and I have heard that at least three more have put in 14-days notice.

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

“I don’t know what the situation with the club is.

“The worst part is that whoever takes over as manager, how are they going to get players in? Because they will just say that is the others aren’t being paid then why will I be any different.

“I was just asked to do it today.

“I haven’t even been paid in full for July and I haven’t received anything for August.

“The club made a mistake staying full-time, we should have gone part-time but it is easy to say that in hindsight now.

“When you are full-time at this level, all you get is kids. We have kids playing in a man’s league and that is why we are doing so badly.

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's FA Carlsberg Trophy defeat to Concord Rangers - Pictures by Alison Bagley

“We just want to go forward. The club is obviously going to be part-time and we just want a budget.

“I am only interested in the football side of things. I am not interested in the politics. I have had that for the last three months.

“I feel sorry for the supporters but there is no doubt that the issues here are bigger than just football.”

On the performance on the pitch, Doyle added: “We don’t even look like scoring a goal and you are never going to win a football match if you don’t shoot and score.

“Some of the players are not good enough, you can’t argue with that.

“We need about seven or eight players to be honest.

“Once you are out on the pitch, you are footballers and I just don’t think they are good enough.

“Obviously the circumstances don’t help but once you cross the white line you are still a footballer and some of them are not up to it.

“I was involved in signing some of them and they have been disappointing.”