Jeune pleased to see high interest in Poppies job

Ritchie Jeune says there has already been a high level of interest in the vacant manager's position at Kettering Town
Ritchie Jeune says there has already been a high level of interest in the vacant manager's position at Kettering Town

Interest in the vacant manager’s job at Kettering Town has already been “substantial”, according to chairman Ritchie Jeune.

The Poppies officially advertised the position on Monday evening after it was confirmed that Scott Machin had left the club.

Last week Kettering revealed their plans to have just one manager for next season and that was immediately followed by the news that Thomas Baillie had departed after he said he didn’t want to be considered for the job.

Machin, who along with Baillie guided the Poppies to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central glory last season, met with club officials over the weekend for a formal interview.

However, Kettering then chose to advertise the job externally, signalling Machin’s departure.

And, with a fresh face now being sought, Jeune admitted the interest and calibre of the applicants so far is high while he also revealed the club are aiming to make a swift appointment with the end of this month being described as “a reasonable target”.

“There’s been a substantial number of applications already,” Jeune said.

“I think there is more interest this time around because we are on the back of a successful season and the club is more stable than it may have been in the past.

“It will be up to our football committee to look through the CVs that come in but we will be looking to make a quick appointment.

“I would say the end of the month would be a reasonable target to have someone in place.

“The calibre of those who have applied has surprised me a bit. There are managers who have been at a higher level who are interested but I just think that shows Kettering is still a big draw.”

One of Jeune’s big targets is to develop the club from top to bottom with a firm focus being on the youth set-up.

And he is hopeful the Poppies will find a manager who can devote time to “all aspects of the club”.

“The truth is we are a behind other clubs in our development when it comes to a youth system and things like that,” the Kettering chairman added.

“It’s difficult in modern football because what every club really needs is someone who can devote most of their time to football and that is difficult because, at this level, people have other jobs to think about.

“Both Thomas and Scott are very successful in their own careers and had to strike a balance between the two.

“We need to see if we can find someone who can devote the time to all aspects of the club as well as the first team.”