Jeune: Thomas is the right man for Poppies

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Ritchie Jeune is confident Kettering Town have the right man at the helm following the appointment of Dean Thomas as the club’s new manager.

The vastly-experienced former Hinckley United boss is set to lead the Poppies into what the club hope will be a new era following months of turmoil.

Thomas will be assisted by previous manager Thomas Baillie and Jeune – who has been at the forefront of the rescue effort to keep the club alive – is in no doubt that he is the right man for the job.

The Poppies are likely to be playing in the Southern League Division One Central next season as long as the summer brings brighter news off the field.

And Jeune said: “Every manager believes they can win the league their club is in but the difference with Dean is that he has been there and done it before.

“He has experience at the level we now find ourselves at and also at the levels above. He has an incredible amount of experience and that is so important for us at the moment.

“He knows what it takes to win the league we are in next season and we are in a position where we need someone who knows the non-League game inside out. Dean is perfect for us.”

Jeune, who has recently returned from a business trip to the far east, also confirmed he is now stepping up work on the off-field issues that need to be resolved as the Poppies look to move forward with a potential move to Latimer Park in Burton Latimer on the cards in the future.

The club were hit by a winding up petition from HM Revenue & Customs and have been given until June 24 to provide the necessary paperwork and pay the undisclosed amount that is owed.

And it is also understood that a meeting is due to be held with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak soon as Jeune looks to complete a takeover of the club.