Hunt for next permanent Poppies boss begins

Current Poppies boss Thomas Baillie (right) and his assistant Dean Thomas are expected to apply for the permanent job from next season
Current Poppies boss Thomas Baillie (right) and his assistant Dean Thomas are expected to apply for the permanent job from next season

Kettering Town have officially advertised the first-team manager’s job for next season and beyond in the wake of their relegation from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies were finally put out of their misery at the weekend as a 4-2 defeat to Chippenham Town condemned them to the drop – the first time in the club’s 140-year history that they have suffered relegation in two successive seasons.

And preparations for the new campaign, which is likely to see the club at its lowest-ever level in the Southern League Division One Central, now appear to be picking up pace after an advert inviting applications for the manager’s position appeared on the club’s official website.

Current boss Thomas Baillie and his assistant Dean Thomas will continue in their roles for the remainder of the current campaign and the club are expecting Baillie to apply for the job for next season.

Kettering are hoping to relocate to Burton Park Wanderers’ Latimer Park ground in the near future but are set to start next season at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium.

Ritchie Jeune is trying to complete a takeover of the club soon after the season finishes but the issues of getting the Poppies out of their long-term lease at Nene Park and wrestling control from majority shareholder Imraan Ladak remain crucial to that happening.

Nonetheless, in a sign that the club may well have a future, they are now looking to appoint a permanent first-team boss soon.

The statement on the club’s website said: “Following confirmation of the club’s bottom place finish and relegation, Kettering Town Football Club wishes to confirm the appointment of a first team manager for season 2013/14 and onwards as soon as possible after the end of this current playing season.

“After consultation with the current management team, who will continue in place for the remaining matches this season, the club is inviting applications for the post. It is expected that the current management team will apply.”

The position has been described by the club as a “paid, part-time post” and all applications should be made by April 17.

Anyone wishing to apply should send an email and full CV to info@ketteringtownfc.co.uk