Jeune hoping a short-term ground deal can be done quickly for Poppies

Kettering Town fans could be back at Corby Town's Steel Park to watch their team's 'home' games if a new agreement between the two clubs is reached
Kettering Town fans could be back at Corby Town's Steel Park to watch their team's 'home' games if a new agreement between the two clubs is reached

Ritchie Jeune is hoping Kettering Town will know where they will play their next two home games by the start of next week.

Jeune set up a one-game agreement with Corby Town chairman Kevin Ingram for the Poppies to play their ‘home’ game with Redditch United at Steel Park last weekend in a bid to get the club’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign up and running again.

Ingram held an open meeting with Steelmen supporters on Wednesday night to address any concerns and explain the situation from his point of view.

During the meeting, Ingram revealed initial discussions over a further arrangement for Kettering to play in Corby up until January 1 at a cost of £1,000 a game, as well as paying a £5,000 bond up front.

He also said he believed a proposed takeover of the Poppies could happen next week with a consortium still apparently holding talks with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak.

Kettering have been through a torrid season so far with their Nene Park home becoming unusable due to the electricity being cut off and they currently have a new-look squad in place, thrown together by manager Alan Doyle.

Jeune has been helping the Poppies in a voluntary capacity and while he admitted Steel Park is a preferred venue, he also revealed Kettering have spoken with other clubs in the area who have offered their facilities.

“My personal preference would be Steel Park,” Jeune said.

“It is an excellent stadium with all the facilities in place and it meets the criteria for the Southern League.

“Obviously there will be clashes with home games with Corby and that is something that would need to be addressed but I think it is the best venue for Kettering supporters.

“But there is no deal done with anyone and other clubs have offered their facilities as well. We are grateful to all of them.

“We asked Kevin about the possibility of us coming back and he has since come back to us with what is required by Corby.

“There is a lot of speculation going around about the future and the consortium that is interested in a takeover of the club.

“We will have to see what happens with that. But in the meantime, we have to try to get something sorted out for the next two home games and I would hope that will be done sooner rather than later.”

Both Ingram and Jeune have moved to ease fans’ fears of a future merger between the Poppies and Steelmen following that initial one-game agreement made last week.

The Poppies are on the road this weekend when they head to Arlesey Town, having lost 2-1 at unbeaten Leamington on Tuesday night.