Poppies confirm backroom staff ahead of return for pre-season

Kettering Town manager Marcus Law (right) and his assistant Paul O'Brien will have their squad back for pre-season training tonight
Kettering Town manager Marcus Law (right) and his assistant Paul O'Brien will have their squad back for pre-season training tonight
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Marcus Law has confirmed his backroom staff at Kettering Town ahead of the players reporting back for pre-season training tonight (Tuesday).

Paul O’Brien will continue as the Poppies’ boss assistant-manager, having been with him for a number of years, while former Kettering midfielder Scott Goodwin has also returned to the club in a coaching role.

Nathan Marsh will continue as goalkeeping coach, a role he held with the club last season, while the vastly-experienced John Ward will also be part of the set-up ahead of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.

The Poppies are to confirm their retained list or any new signings, although Elliot Sandy and Gary Mulligan have both revealed they will be staying with the club while Brett Solkhon is also expected to remain at Latimer Park.

But Law insists the situation will become a lot clearer over the “next couple of weeks”.

The Kettering boss said: “We will be back tonight and, as there always is during pre-season, there will be a lot of ifs, buts and maybes.

“Some lads who have said they will turn up won’t and some who said they won’t, will.

“It is going to be a small squad and we will also be working closely with the under-21s to try to bring on the younger players.

“But we have secured the backroom staff, which was very important. Paul has been with me everywhere I have been and the fans will know both Scott and Nathan very well.

“John has managed at a very high level in the past and his experience will be important to us.

“We are looking forward to getting back to it. We have a sport science element to things, which will take over during pre-season.

“As far as players are concerned, everyone will start seeing pens on paper soon and the real development of the squad will happen in the next couple of weeks.

“There are lots of irons in the fire but until things are signed, we will be keeping quiet.”

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