Jeune hopes court result can help Poppies on the pitch

Ritchie Jeune and fellow club officials were celebrating this week after Kettering Town had their winding-up order rescinded
Ritchie Jeune and fellow club officials were celebrating this week after Kettering Town had their winding-up order rescinded
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Ritchie Jeune believes Kettering Town’s crucial result in the courts will lead to even better ones on the pitch.

It seems to have been a defining week for the Poppies after the winding-up order imposed on them club was rescinded on a tense day in the Royal Courts of Justice.

An arrangement is in place to pay off the outstanding sum, believed to be just under £70,000, to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

Once that is done the winding-up petition is set to be officially dismissed on November 4.

The Kettering chairman is hoping it is in the final ‘skeleton in the closet’ for the club after a traumatic two years has seen them flirt with going out of existence on more than one occasion.

Now Jeune wants the focus to fall on manager Dean Thomas and his ever-improving team who booked a home date with St Ives Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy a week on Saturday with a 2-1 preliminary round replay success at Romulus on Tuesday night.

And he is hoping a more relaxed atmosphere around the squad will bring even better results on the field.

“Dean and his players have been very professional during what has been a very difficult time,” Jeune said.

“He has an incredible amount of experience and has been through this sort of thing before when he was at Hinckley, who sadly lost their own fight this week.

“I am sure it has been difficult for him and the players. They, like the fans, have always been one or two steps removed from what was going on behind the scenes.

“Despite them saying what they have in the press, I am sure deep down they have been concerned about what might happen.

“Hopefully those concerns have been lifted and everyone can concentrate on what happens on the pitch, which is what is should be about.”

Jeune is hosting a fans forum at Latimer Park on Monday night (8pm) where he is expected to answer questions about the past month.

“There were questions that were asked during this period and they couldn’t be answered until now,” he added.

“There are people who want some answers and we will give them what they want.

“The response has been very positive in general since Monday. There are still people who think we have ‘got away’ with something when that really isn’t the full story.

“But you can’t change the opinion of some. The majority of people from the world of football have been very kind and positive towards us and we appreciate it.”

The Poppies return to Calor League Division One Central action tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel to AFC Hayes.