Poppies Crisis - Doyle will do all he can to fulfil Bashley fixture

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle says he will do all he can to put a team out on the pitch for Kettering Town’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division home game with Bashley on Saturday.

Doyle, who had held a scouting role at the club under John Beck’s regime, has taken over as caretaker-manager after he was thrust into the limelight last weekend.

Beck was escorted from Nene Park ahead of the 3-0 home defeat to Concord Rangers in the first qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak since confirming that the manager’s position is “under discussion”.

Doyle took charge of the team for that game and was also at the helm for Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Peterborough Northern Star in the NFA Hillier Cup at Nene Park on Tuesday – a game that attracted the lowest crowd in the Poppies’ 140-year history of just 34.

Oscar Radford has become the latest player to leave the club with other members of the squad still waiting for their full wages for September as their next payday, on Friday, approaches.

The crisis at Kettering continues to dig deeper and deeper with the revelation this week, first confirmed by former club official Ritchie Jeune, that the club have fallen behind on their Company Voluntary Arrangement payments.

The Northamptonshire Telegraph understands that allegation to be accurate with the club needing to pay a sum of around £3,000 within the next two weeks to avoid being wound up.

Ladak has insisted that discussions with a, thus far, unnamed new potential investor are continuing.

But for Doyle, he is now desperately trying to get enough players together to put a team on the pitch at the weekend, despite admitting last weekend that he hasn’t been paid since July.

But even in these darkest of times, Doyle could afford a joke and said: “If nothing else, at least I can say that in my first real game in charge I got a win and that it was played in front of the lowest crowd in the club’s history! There aren’t many managers who will be able to say that.

“But there is no getting away from it, it is a desperate time.

“I was in charge for the cup game on Tuesday and I wasn’t helped by a couple of players not turning up.

“Luckily, we managed to get a mate of one of the lads signed up and he did a job for us and we ended up playing some decent stuff, although we could and should have scored more goals.

“The one positive for us was that Ben Farrell played in the game and he and Michael King did well in the middle of the pitch.

“But we need at least five or six players to come in to help us.

“The lads who are here are doing the best they can and I am not going to criticise them for that.

“All I can do for the time being is try to get a team together so that we can fulfil Saturday’s fixture.”

Read more from Alan Doyle and find the very latest news on the crisis at Nene Park in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph.