Greygoose: Off-field issues are impacting on the Poppies squad

Warren Byerley's penalty gave Kettering the lead in their 1-1 home draw with Banbury United - Picture by Kit Mallin

Warren Byerley's penalty gave Kettering the lead in their 1-1 home draw with Banbury United - Picture by Kit Mallin

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Dean Greygoose has urged everyone connected with Kettering Town to “come together” and put an end to their off-field problems.

The Poppies’ Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign has so far been dominated by issues off the pitch rather than on it following the re-emergence of majority shareholder Imraan Ladak.

In the latest twist, a club statement revealed an offer has been made for the purchase of Nene Park while talks with parties about short-term and long-term investment are continuing.

That came after the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust revealed they will no longer be donating funds to the club and managing their finances until the shareholders give clarification on their long-term plans.

Previous chairman Ritchie Jeune, who was removed by the shareholders, had earlier revealed his plan was to secure a five-year ground share at Corby Town to reduce the costs of playing at Nene Park while seeking a new home back in Kettering.

With attendances now well below 600, fans are voting with their feet and assistant-manager Greygoose believes the off-field politics are now affecting the playing squad.

The Poppies have had two draws and a defeat in three matches with the latest being a 1-1 stalemate with Banbury United at Nene Park.

And Greygoose said: “We don’t talk to the players about it.

“But there is far too much rubbish going on and it is frustrating me.

“We want a football club here, the fans want a football club here and if one or two people don’t like it then go elsewhere.

“I can’t understand it all and I wasn’t here last season so I can’t comment on what happened.

“But it is impacting on what is happening on the pitch, you can see that.

“There are a lot of politics but we have to push on as a club.

“Somehow, everyone has got to come together. If we don’t then it is always going to be hard work.

“We have to get out of this and try to come to the same goal and push on.”

The Poppies are back in action on Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to Bedford Town (3pm).