Boss Baillie cool on his Poppies future

Poppies boss Thomas Baillie (right) pictured with his assistant Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Thomas Baillie (right) pictured with his assistant Dean Thomas

Thomas Baillie has reiterated he will have “no problem” if Kettering Town decide he is not the man to lead the club next season.

The Poppies boss was left disappointed again on Saturday as his team slumped to a ninth successive defeat, which moved them ever closer to relegation from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

A 4-1 loss at Redditch United has left Kettering 21 points from safety with 13 games to play and defeat equalled the club record for successive league reverses, which was also set earlier this season.

With Ritchie Jeune and the other volunteers who are running the club targeting a new start, potentially at Burton Park Wanderers’ Latimer Park ground next season, questions have already been asked about who will be the manager to lead the Poppies.

And regardless of what decision is made, Baillie is proud that he helped the club in their hour of need and at a time when many others weren’t keen to step up.

“If at any time myself or Dean (Thomas) are not the right people then I have no problem with a decision being made,” the Poppies boss said.

“I think I stepped into this scenario when a lot of people wouldn’t have done. I came in to help Alan Doyle when a lot of people would have turned him down because of how things were.

“If it comes to the end of the season and the club decide to go down a different route then I will have no problem with that. They have to do what is right for the club.

“But I know I played a role in helping to get the club playing when a lot of people wouldn’t do it.

The people who are running the club are great and they are busting themselves to make sure it survives.

“I have played a part in that, which is fine and I have enjoyed it. But if the time comes for someone else to play a part then fair enough.

“I feel I have stepped up when others wouldn’t have done. There are managers out there who are more concerned about their careers rather than helping the club.”

The Poppies will be looking to avoid a new club record of 10 successive league defeats when they take on AFC Totton at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium on Saturday.