Petition calls for chairman to leave

Kettering Town's remaining players in training yesterday
Kettering Town's remaining players in training yesterday

The tide of opposition against Imraan Ladak is growing faster by the day as Kettering Town Football Club’s struggle to survive continues.

More than 350 fans from the town and further afield have joined forces to sign a petition calling on Mr Ladak to go.

The unknown author has said he will forward the petition to the chairman once it reaches 600 signatures.

The petition comes a week after the supporters’ trust announced it had lost confidence in Mr Ladak.

Trust spokesman Karen Spencer said: “I haven’t spoken to one fan who wants him to stay – he must know it’s time to go.

“I’m not surprised by the strength of opposition, we’ve all become very frustrated and anxious at the club situation.

“Imraan needs to move over now to let someone else in.”

Over the past two months the club’s financial problems have been well documented. After failing to pay players their full wages before Christmas, Mr Ladak put the club up for sale and received interest. But since then no take-over has been agreed and the club has faced a winding up order and points deduction.

Last Saturday fans were set to protest at the handling of the club, but the game at Nene Park was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone said: “I am very concerned about Kettering Town, just like everyone else.

“The club is important to Kettering and it has a long, proud and distinguished history.

“I know the fans are frustrated about being kept in the dark.”