Dean Thomas wants to deliver promotion for Kettering Town this season, even though he insists he has never been put under any pressure to do so.
Despite losing six of their first 10 matches and the club almost meeting its maker in the High Court at towards the end of last year, Thomas has led the Poppies on a remarkable run of just two defeats in 31 league matches.
And it has led them to the final day of the Calor League Division One Central campaign today (Saturday) when they could even be crowned champions if they win at North Greenford United and other results go their way.
The most likely scenario, however, is that they play a one-off play-off semi-final on Tuesday night and try to secure elevation by that route.
Following the severe financial problems over the last two years, the Poppies have found their feet again at a lower level – a crowd of over 1,200 for the Easter Monday win against Daventry Town a sure sign that things are on the up.
And while many around them have faltered in recent weeks, Kettering have put together a run of eight wins in a row at the perfect time to book a play-off spot at the very least.
Thomas, however, insists no-one had ever put pressure on him to secure promotion, although he acknowledges that is now the aim.
“It will be fairytale stuff for us if we go up at all this season,” the Poppies boss said.
“It all started with the club being saved and once that happened, it opened the door for us to be able to bring in some quality players.
“They are all ambitious, a lot of them have played at a higher level and they want to get back to the levels they have come from and they want to do it with Kettering.
“All along we wanted to make sure there was a good platform for next season. There has never been any pressure on me to deliver promotion.
“But that’s what we all want now and we will try to make it happen. Either way, some solid foundations have been put in place.”
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