Thomas departs the Poppies

Dean Thomas has left his role as Kettering Town manager
Dean Thomas has left his role as Kettering Town manager
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Kettering Town are on the lookout for a new manager after Dean Thomas left the club.

Thomas and his employer have parted company by mutual consent which will come as a big shock to many after he guided the club to the brink of promotion from the Calor League Division One Central.

Having negotiated the mess of early season which nearly saw the club go out of business and make a dreadful start to their playing campaign, Thomas oversaw a stunning turnaround in terms of results.

The end result was a place in the play-off final against Slough at Latimer Park where a 2-0 advantage was relinquished as the visitors took the last promotion spot with a 3-2 success.

A statement from the club read: “Kettering Town Football Club and Dean Thomas have today reached a mutual agreement for Dean to step down as manager of the first team.

“We would like to thank Dean for what he achieved last season, and before that when he came as assistant-manager.

“Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin will take over as joint-managers currently, whilst the board decide if there will be any need for a permanent replacement. Steve Kinniburgh remains captain.”