Doyle: There were times I felt like giving up on Poppies

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Alan Doyle has admitted there were times over the past month when he felt like “giving up” on Kettering Town.

Doyle is ready to lead a new-look Poppies squad into their first game in just over a month tomorrow when they take on Redditch United at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium – a match which will mark the club’s 140th anniversary.

The match comes after a month that so nearly saw Kettering go out of business as a string of postponements in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division were caused by players leaving due to unpaid wages and the electricity being cut off at their Nene Park home.

The Poppies met “certain conditions” with the Southern League last week and, since then, former director Ritchie Jeune has completed a one-game deal with Steelmen chairman Kevin Ingram for tomorrow’s game to take place in Corby.

And Jeune also believes a takeover of Kettering could be completed as early as Monday, despite the club still having various other financial issues to deal with.

Doyle has remained with the club during that period and, along with new assistant-manager Thomas Baillie, has thrown together a new squad for tomorrow’s clash after a transfer and registration embargo was lifted.

And, although he admits the Poppies team will have a young look to it, he insists the big achievement is just ensuring the game goes ahead.

“When that first whistle goes tomorrow, it will mean we have achieved something pretty amazing,” the Poppies boss said.

“We don’t want to get hammered on the pitch but the bigger picture is that we will be playing in the Southern League again and that is something many thought would not happen again.

“There have been times over the past month when I have felt like giving up because I was just constantly banging my head against a brick wall.

“But thanks to the hard work of some people we have got to this point and that is an achievement in itself.

“We should have a full squad of 16 but it will be a very young squad. We may have Pat Noubissie available but if we don’t, the youngest player will be 23.

“There are a couple of decent prospects in there but they don’t know each other that well and we will do the very best we can.”

All Kettering Town season tickets are valid for tomorrow’s game at Steel Park and admission prices remain the same.