Poppies – Doyle to wait for assurances

Action from Kettering Town's 7-0 defeat to Bashley. Pictures by Steven Prouse
Action from Kettering Town's 7-0 defeat to Bashley. Pictures by Steven Prouse
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Alan Doyle will only begin the preparations for Kettering Town’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash at Leamington once he has been given assurances the game will go ahead.

The Poppies’ existence is hanging by a thread following the dramatic scenes that unfolded at Nene Park on Saturday as they were able to field just 10 players in the 7-0 defeat to lowly Bashley.

Action from Kettering Town's 7-0 defeat to Bashley. Pictures by Steven Prouse

Action from Kettering Town's 7-0 defeat to Bashley. Pictures by Steven Prouse

Caretaker-manager Doyle revealed the club have been slapped with another transfer embargo by the Football Association and it prevented them from signing new players for the game.

It comes in the midst of a financial crisis at the club with players still not being paid and the fact that the club has now missed payments on its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

It is also believed that the electric could be cut off at Nene Park soon due to unpaid bills.

Majority shareholder Imraan Ladak has previously claimed he is talking to potential investors but time is now running out to save the club.

Doyle expects the club to speak to the FA and the Southern League today as the numbers are set to be down again for tomorrow’s game with at least one other player, believed to be Warren Byerley, all set to leave the club.

It is understood the club may tell the governing bodies they are unable to fulfil the fixture tomorrow night.

And Doyle said: “I am happy to stay as caretaker-manager but we will have to see what happens.

“It is no good making arrangements with the lads now for Tuesday. We will have to wait until later today when we know what the situation is.

“We have one with a knock and one saying who says he won’t come again. So that leaves us with just eight players.”

Doyle, meanwhile, admitted he was disappointed that goalkeeper Ben Gathercole failed to turn up for Saturday’s game.

Gathercole was expected to play at left-back to make up the numbers but his no-show left the Poppies with just 10 players.

Doyle added: “I spoke to Ben on Friday night and I ended up saying I would give him some money out of my own pocket.

“He said he would be here and then he wasn’t answering his phone.

“I can’t do anything about it. But I don’t appreciate people not calling to say they aren’t coming.

“I can’t knock any of the lads who went out there. It is not their fault. This club has got itself into a real state.”