Kettering boss Cox happy to 'beg, borrow and steal'

Paul Cox insists he doesn’t mind having to “beg, borrow and steal” in a bid to bolster the ranks at Kettering Town.

Poppies boss Paul Cox
Poppies boss Paul Cox

The Poppies’ revival since Cox took charge continued as two goals from Tre Mitford earned them a fine 2-0 success at Alfreton Town on Saturday.

The victory moved Kettering eight points clear of the relegation zone in the Vanarama National League North and extended their unbeaten run in the league to seven matches.

However, the threadbare nature of the Poppies squad was on show once again as Cox was only able to name three substitutes as Aaron O’Connor and Lindon Meikle both missed the game due to injuries.

Poppies boss Paul Cox

Cox will have one more player available for the Boxing Day clash with high-flying Brackley Town at Latimer Park with Jay Williams, who has re-joined the club on loan from Northampton Town, having now completed his suspension.

The Poppies boss confirmed he held talks with the club’s hierarchy last week to see what could be done about boosting the numbers.

And he admitted he knew the full situation with regards to the club’s budget when he took the job.

“I don’t worry about the uncontrollables,” Cox said.

“No matter what hand you get dealt, you don’t make excuses and I have tried to get that over to the players. I am hoping we are developing that attitude as a football club.

“The one thing to say is that I met with the owner (Ritchie Jeune) and the chairman (David Mahoney) last week and there have been positive discussions.

“I knew the situation when I came to the club, it’s what it is and the remit is still the same in terms of our goals for this season.

“So we just carry on and hopefully we will look a bit stronger by Boxing Day in terms of players being back.

“We will try to bolster the squad but there isn’t a lot available. So we will have to beg, borrow and steal and I don’t mind that as long as the club is as one and everyone is pulling in the right direction."