Law to meet with Poppies board as they look to “move forward”

Marcus Law is set to meet with the Kettering Town board to discuss the future following a controversial couple of days that saw him with an intention to resign from his post

Marcus Law is set to meet with the Kettering Town board to discuss the future following a controversial couple of days that saw him with an intention to resign from his post

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Marcus Law has confirmed he will meet with the Kettering Town board tonight (Tuesday) to “see where they can move forward” after a controversial couple of days for the club.

In the wake of the Poppies’ 2-0 defeat at struggling Bideford in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division on Saturday, speculation grew that Law had resigned as manager.

A statement released by chairman Ritchie Jeune last night (Monday) confirmed the boss had “indicated an intention to resign”.

But Jeune went on to confirm that he believes Law is the “man to lead the club forward” while he also pledged support from the board following Law’s difficulties in trying to attract new players to Latimer Park.

Law has now broken his silence since the rumours first began and he insists the support he has received over the past day or so has shown him he “was probably in a better place than I originally thought”.

“There has been a bit of soul searching and I have a meeting with the board tonight to see where we can move forward,” the Kettering manager said.

“We will have the cards on the table tonight to move it forward.

“I have been keeping myself to myself and I just felt that I wasn’t performing. But the chairman and board feel they can help solve some of those aims.

“I came to a club that I believe should be a lot higher than it is.

“Maybe the stigma of the name and the expectations has stuck with me but I feel this is a massive non-League club and I have felt like I have not been providing it with the results and performances it should be expecting.

“But the empathy shown from the board, various people at the club and the players made me feel that I was probably in a better place than I originally thought.

“I just felt like I wasn’t performing how I should be but some home truths have been thrown at me.

“Sometimes the motivator needs motivating myself and people at the club are still building relationships.

“But there has been a lot of empathy from existing members of the squad and I had a couple of discussions with the chairman that have brought us to this point.

“We will look to move on and I will hold my hands up over mistakes that I have made.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself and maybe I need to look at the element of enjoying the job a bit more.

“Those people who don’t know me possibly sense a bit of arrogance to my character but that’s not the way it is.

“Maybe I need to chill out a bit and enjoy the game rather than be concerned with the pressure of the outcome.”

Law admitted he has been having problems in attracting new players to the club in recent weeks but he believe Jeune and the board can help in that regard.

“We are not a million miles away but I felt I kept coming across the same problems and haven’t been solving them,” he added.

“I have targeted players and I haven’t been able to bring in them in and I felt I was not replacing the problems as quickly as I would have liked.

“I haven’t been able to nail those players down but the chairman and the board believe they can help on that front.”

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