Jeune confirms potential new owner has made an offer for Poppies

Ritchie Jeune
Ritchie Jeune

Ritchie Jeune has confirmed a potential new owner of Kettering Town has made an offer to buy the club from majority shareholder Imraan Ladak.

The news comes after the Poppies finally claimed their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season at the 16th time of asking as they beat Chesham United 3-1 at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium.

Jeune has been at the forefront of a group of volunteers who have been keeping Kettering alive in recent weeks by sealing a deal for them to play matches in Corby with Nene Park still unusable due to the power being cut off.

The Poppies returned to action on the pitch under manager Alan Doyle last month with a team of players who are being paid little or nothing for their services.

Talk of new investors coming into the club had gone quiet with Ladak maintaining a silence while volunteers continued to run it.

But Jeune has now confirmed he met a potential new owner ahead of Sunday’s victory and sources at the game confirmed it was watched by former Plymouth Argyle CEO Tony Campbell, although there is no confirmation that he is indeed the owner-in-waiting.

Jeune also revealed the club will have to confirm where they are to play their remaining home games this season with the Southern League Board by December 18.

“A potential new owner came to the game and he has confirmed he has made an offer for the club,” Jeune said.

“And he is hoping that something will be going ahead imminently.

“The Southern League are pressing the club to find out where they will be fulfilling their remaining home fixtures this season and I understand that will need to be confirmed by December 18.

“So, with that being the case, I would assume the club will want to get something sorted one way or another very soon.

“I am not sure what the potential new owner has in mind as far as the playing of home games and where is concerned.

“But, from my point of view, I don’t have the authority to make that decision at this stage. I am sure there will be more conversations to be had this week.”

The Poppies are still tied to a 25-year lease at Nene Park, even though Jeune agreed the deal for the club to play in Corby after he was asked to by Ladak.