Machin set to discuss sole role with Poppies

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Scott Machin has confirmed he will be speaking to Kettering Town about the sole manager’s job at the club for next season.

Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune confirmed earlier today (Wednesday) that they will be seeking just one boss for the new campaign, a decision which brought Machin’s and Thomas Baillie’s reign as joint-managers to an end.

The duo led the club to a decisive Evo-Stik Southern League Division One title success after they were appointed last summer following the departure of Dean Thomas.

But the club are now seeking a new direction with both Machin and Baillie being invited to apply for the new sole position.

Baillie has already confirmed that he has left the club after declining the offer to apply.

But Machin looks set to hold discussions about the role later this week.

“I am not really sure what will happen but I am due to meet with them (the club),” Machin said.

“There’s not a great deal more I can say about it until we have spoken.”

In his statement earlier today, Jeune explained the reasons behind the decision.

He said: “To alleviate some of the pressures and to continue our goal of building an entire club, not just a first team, we have decided that a single manager is the preferred option moving forward.

“This decision is particularly difficult following a championship winning season delivered by both Scott and Tom, and following consultation with both managers and the football committee we welcome their applications for the role and the opportunity to interview for it.

“The whole club thanks both Scott and Thomas for what they have achieved this season, and should their future be with Kettering Town or another club, we are confident they will continue to deliver successful teams.”

Don’t miss more reaction to this Poppies story and an eight-page ‘Promotion Party’ pull-out celebrating the success of the local clubs in this week’s Northamptonshire Telegraph