We would be the right choice for Poppies, says Thomas

Action from Kettering Town's 3-1 home defeat to Gosport Borough. Picture by Alison Bagley
Action from Kettering Town's 3-1 home defeat to Gosport Borough. Picture by Alison Bagley

Dean Thomas believes Kettering Town will be making the right decision if they choose to keep him and current boss Thomas Baillie at the club for next season.

The Poppies are set to appoint a new permanent first-team manager soon after the current Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign is over.

It has been another horrendous season for the club as it almost went out of business at the back-end of last year due to the crippling financial problems.

A number of key issues still need to be resolved as Ritchie Jeune looks to complete a takeover and relocate the club back into the borough at Latimer Park in Burton Latimer.

But the hunt for a manager is now well underway after the position was advertised and Baillie and Thomas have already confirmed they have applied as a management team.

Thomas has a wealth of experience having been at Hinckley United for 18 years, leading them through the lower leagues to the Conference North.

And he believes the current management team deserve a shot at leading the Poppies into next season.

But he admits there will be “serious pressure” on whoever the manager is as Kettering look to start a big rebuilding job following a second successive relegation, which means they are likely to be playing in the Southern League Division One Central next season.

Thomas said: “There is going to be pressure next season.

“Whatever happens and whoever is in charge, they are going to be under serious pressure to make sure they turn this into a winning club.

“I want to be here, we have applied for the job and we have had a few words with Ritchie but obviously no decision has been made yet.

“We feel we have a lot to offer. Thomas has the energy and he ticks all the right boxes for me. I have plenty of enthusiasm and I have a lot of experience.

“I have been at a high level, I have played the game and if we are given the job we will have to work hard in the summer to bring in the right players and make sure we get the club moving in the right direction.

“If we do get the opportunity then I think the club will have the right people in charge.”

The Poppies’ final home game of the season ended in a 3-1 defeat to play-off chasing Gosport Borough on Saturday and they complete their campaign with a trip to Chesham United next Saturday.