Jeune named as new Poppies chairman

Ritchie Jeune (left) is the new chairman of Kettering Town
Ritchie Jeune (left) is the new chairman of Kettering Town

Ritchie Jeune has been confirmed as the new chairman of Kettering Town.

Jeune arrived at the club as part of the consortium to take over the club from former chairman Imraan Ladak and took over as interim chairman following the five-year ban imposed on George Rolls by the Football Association.

But his position as the new permanent chairman was confirmed by the club’s board and management last night.

Jeune said: “This was not the position I thought I would be taking up when I arrive at the club.

“I do not think anyone would have thought that in such a short space of time things could have changed in the fashion that they have.

“At the end of a very hard season for the players, staff and fans, a new dawn was announced and traction was starting to be made only to have the chairman banned from football and the club pushed back into uncertainty.

“I hope that now we have an agreed board structure and a first team in place, that a large proportion of that uncertainty can be lifted.

“There are still many off field issues to be resolved but the board’ and my current focus is to get the club to a position where it can rebuild, get back to the day-to-day task of being a football club and winning games.

“The club needs not only to have a plan A but plans B and C.

“For far to long the club’s only plan was no plan, that is the first thing that we have to fix.”

The first game of Jeune’s official regime is tonight when the Poppies take on a Northampton Town XI in a pre-season friendly at Nene Park (7.30pm).

Kettering then head to Solihull Moors on Saturday before they host Rotherham United in their final friendly on Tuesday night.