All we can do is focus on the playing side, says Jeune

Nene Park
Nene Park

Ritchie Jeune has urged everyone at Kettering Town to concentrate on the playing side of things for the time being.

The Poppies head to unbeaten Leamington in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division this evening having returned to action after a month without playing at the weekend.

A new-look Kettering side, thrown together by manager Alan Doyle, were beaten 1-0 by Redditch United at Corby Town’s Steel Park after Jeune made a one-game agreement with Steelmen chairman Kevin Ingram to stage the game there due to the power being cut off at Nene Park.

The Poppies continue to endure severe financial problems, although Jeune believes things are “progressing” with potential new investors after it was confirmed by the club that discussions are taking place “in relation to the lease at Nene Park”.

And while Jeune, who has been helping the club stay afloat on a voluntary basis, admits it is a frustrating time, he is hoping the club’s supporters will remain patient.

“It sounds like things are progressing and I am aware that those who are looking to come in are looking at making changes to the lease at Nene Park,” Jeune, who has been in contact with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak, said.

“I see that as a positive thing because it shows those coming in are showing business acumen as well as possibly looking at what the fans are saying.

“As far as my own position is concerned, I haven’t been asked to look into how we stage a home game a week on Saturday (when Kettering are due to play Bedworth). But I also haven’t been told not to continue to assist Alan at this time.

“I would suggest that having Nene Park ready for a week on Saturday would be extremely challenging even if a deal is done for the club. So that may be something that has to be looked at.

“Without know what discussions have been taking place between the potential investors and the landowners of Nene Park, it is difficult to say what is going to happen.

“But the payments that were due to be paid to players as part of the conditions for the club to continue in the Southern League have been completed. I am not sure who made them but that also has to be a positive sign.

“I know it is a frustrating time for everyone. I am frustrated myself. But all we can do is focus on the playing side of things and let those in control carry out the discussions.

“Leases are complex thing and it can sometimes take months to deal with those. All we can do is wait and see what happens from this point.”