Doyle hoping Poppies can take “the next step”

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle is hoping Kettering Town will soon be able to “take the next step” in their recovery from the brink of financial meltdown.

Doyle has overseen six matches since the club returned to action after month without playing as the financial problems threatened to send the Poppies into liquidation.

All six matches have ended in defeats with Doyle having to work with a young squad as the club are unable to pay any full wages with it being run by volunteers including Ritchie Jeune and Ken Samuel.

There still appears to be no idea of what the long-term future holds. Majority shareholder Imraan Ladak has stayed silent for a number of weeks now having previously said there was “genuine interest” from potential new investors.

But Doyle is hoping the club will be able to find a way to bring in three or four experienced players and ensure the team remains competitive despite them being certainties for relegation.

Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Chippenham Town left them 21 points adrift of safety in the Evo-Stik Southern league Premier Division after they were deducted 10 points before the season started for entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement to clear their debts in the summer.

The Poppies manager said: “We made the first step when we played the first game back against Redditch. Just getting a team back on the pitch was a big achievement.

“But maybe we can now start to think about taking the next step, which would be to make us competitive rather than playing just to try not to be humiliated in every game.

“To do that, we need some men to come into the squad and help the youngsters. But for that to happen, it costs money and hopefully we can find a way to do that.

“The young lads are trying their hardest but they are coming up against seasoned players, we are probably a bit too easy to play against at the moment.

“That is something I would like us to change if possible and if we could do it over the next couple of weeks it would be excellent.

“The fans appreciate we are playing games. But there comes a point where they want to see points on the board and their team being more competitive.”

The Poppies play their next game on Sunday when they face Chesham United at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium as part of a deal done to play their ‘home’ games there with Nene Park still being without power over an unpaid bill.