Doyle just concentrating on putting a Poppies squad together

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle insists his sole focus is on throwing a squad of players together for Kettering Town’s game against Redditch United on Saturday.

The Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash appears to be in doubt as the Poppies still appear to have no venue to play the game at after Corby Town chairman Kevin Ingram revealed it was “highly unlikely” that it would take place at Steel Park.

Rumour and speculation had suggested that Kettering would be turning to their local rivals for a temporary home with the electricity still being cut off at Nene Park.

But Ingram has confirmed that no deal has been agreed between the two clubs and that he has not spoken to Kettering majority shareholder Imraan Ladak since last Wednesday.

The Poppies were given the go ahead to continue their Southern League campaign last week following the postponement of five matches due to the severe financial problems that have crippled the club, who currently have just a handful of players registered.

And while the exact venue for Saturday’s game remains up in the air, caretaker-manager Doyle is still trying to put together a group of players to represent Kettering.

“It is very difficult,” Doyle said.

“We are speaking to clubs about getting loan players in and we have made a few seven-day approaches and we are looking at closely at the United Counties League for players.

“We are in a position where we can’t offer anyone any money so we are looking to give players an opportunity to perform at this level.

“I am working so hard on this but it is tough because of the reputation the club has made for itself in recent weeks and months.

“As far as where the game will be played, that’s not something I am in control of. Clearly there have been some crossed wires.

“All I am focusing on is putting a squad together for the game but the fact is for the next four to six weeks, there is going to be a big turnover in players.

“We will be having to look at lads on a trial basis during matches, it’s the only way we can do it.”

Kettering’s problems appear to be far from over, despite them meeting the “certain condition” which the Southern League Board demanded before they lifted the registration and transfer embargo placed on the club last week.

It is believed the club still owe payments on their Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) while a payment plan was put in place for money owed to former players to allow them to continue their season.

Ladak previously suggested that a deal with new investors could be completed by Friday as he looks to hand over control of the club.