Criticism of bosses is undeserved, says Poppies stopper Knight

Kettering Town goalkeeper Richard Knight
Kettering Town goalkeeper Richard Knight

Richard Knight has praised Kettering Town joint-managers Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin and believes the criticism they have received at various stages this season has been “undeserved”.

The Poppies are on the brink of claiming the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title after they opened up a 14-point lead at the summit following last weekend’s 4-1 victory over Hanwell Town.

Kettering put their 11-match unbeaten record on the line at Uxbridge this Saturday, knowing another win should set up a chance to potentially clinch the crown when they travel to St Ives Town next weekend.

But, despite their team seemingly running away with the title, Baillie and Machin haven’t been immune from criticism from sections of the Poppies’ fanbase this season.

And it’s something that has left goalkeeper Knight somewhat bemused.

“The two managers have come in for criticism and, for me, it is undeserved,” Knight said.

“The pair of them are different when it comes to their roles within it all.

“But they have been brilliant with me and I have enjoyed every minute of it here.

“Having said that, I am not sure how many people wouldn’t enjoy being at a club who are currently 14 points clear and looking to win promotion!”

Knight arrived at Latimer Park at the end of November and has proved to be a key figure with the Poppies boasting what is easily the best defensive record in the division.

With the title, all being well, likely to be wrapped up sooner rather than later, attention will quickly turn to next season and the question of who will stay and who will go as far as the playing squad is concerned.

And, when it comes to that, Knight is in little doubt about where his future lies.

“When I first came here I had a good, honest conversation with Thomas (Baillie) about my work commitments and we managed to do something around it all,” he added.

“I am sure it will be the same conversation we have in the summer and if I am able to give it 100 per cent then definitely, I would like to stay.

“When you go up, the standard does rise a bit. The grounds are nicer and the attendances will be bigger both home and away.

“I would like the chance to play in front of big crowds and I am sure we will sit down in the summer and have that conversation.”