Doyle: I can’t see a way forward for Poppies

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle has admitted he “can’t see a way forward” for Kettering Town after what may have been a decisive afternoon at Nene Park.

The Poppies were able to field only 10 players for their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash with Bashley and it ended in a 7-0 home defeat.

Caretaker-manager Doyle revealed after the game that the club are now under another transfer embargo and unable to sign new players.

It comes in the midst of a financial crisis at the club with players still not being paid and the fact that the club has now missed payments on its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

Majority shareholder Imraan Ladak has previously claimed he is talking to potential investors but time now appears to be running out to save the club.

Doyle, who admitted he has never met Ladak, believes they will struggle to fulfil their game at Leamington on Tuesday.

He said: “We lost Omar Beckles and Ryan Hervel due to them putting 14-days notice in.

“Jamie Griffiths is injured and Joe Lamplough is out and when we tried to sign some players on non-contract deals, the FA told us on Thursday that there is an embargo on the club.

“We were told we couldn’t register any more players because we already had 30 but 15 or 16 of those never even played for the first team.

“We told them we only had 12 or 13 players and we were working all day and night on Friday to try to get it sorted out.

“But we were told to put up with what we had and we were told we would be fined if we didn’t put a team out. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

“But I was in tears at the end of the game because of the noise the supporters were making. I just wish we could give them something back.

“I don’t know what to say to the players. I don’t know who is going to play and who isn’t.

“It is down to the FA and Southern League on Monday now really.

“In life, if plan A doesn’t work then you go to plan B or C. But we don’t seem to have a plan B or C.

“There are some lovely people here but I can honestly say I can’t see what we can do about this.

“I don’t want to be the manager of a team that gets beaten 7-0 but we aren’t going to attract players because of the reputation the club is getting.

“We lost David Mayo because Northampton stopped his loan and you can’t blame the clubs for that.

“If I could tell you a solution I would but I can’t see us being able to move forward.”