Poppies to seek one manager for next season

Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie led Kettering Town to the Southern League Division One Central title but will not be joint-managers next season as the club seek a sole boss going forward
Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie led Kettering Town to the Southern League Division One Central title but will not be joint-managers next season as the club seek a sole boss going forward

Kettering Town have confirmed they will be seeking just one sole manager to lead them next season.

It means the partnership of Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie, who led the Poppies to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title will now be broken up, although the club have said they will “welcome their applications’ for the sole role.

Kettering enjoyed an impressive campaign, which saw them claim the title by 11 points after Baillie and Machin were appointed as joint-managers last summer following the departure of Dean Thomas.

But a statement released by chairman Ritchie Jeune confirmed “a single manager is the preferred option moving forward”.

Jeune said: “The 2014/15 season has been a successful one for the football club with the under-21s and youth teams completing successful seasons and the first team winning the Southern League Division One Central title.

“Our goal is the same now as it has always been and that is to strengthen the club as a whole, and that requires making changes, for the benefit of the club, when they are needed, no matter how difficult these decisions are.

“We are still in the very early stages of rebuilding the club and the future demands of the first team management to engage with all facets of the club are great.

“Being a part-time club, communication and full participation can be challenging, particularly with the first team managers and the football committee, to whom the managers’ report, all having commitments away from football and this has proven to be quite straining for all involved.

“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.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the 2014/15 season at Wicksteed Park on Saturday, May 16 where all of our teams will be acknowledged, before the planning for the new season begins for all of Kettering Town Football Club.”

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