Ladak confirms Beck’s position is “under discussion” as Poppies fight for survival

Kettering Town majority shareholder Imraan Ladak
Kettering Town majority shareholder Imraan Ladak
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Imraan Ladak has confirmed Kettering Town manager John Beck’s position at the club is “under discussion”.

The Poppies’ future has been plunged into further confusion after the controversial scenes at Nene Park ahead of Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Concord Rangers in in the first qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

Beck was escorted from the ground just a couple of hours before kick-off after rumours surrounding his future surfaced ahead of the match.

Chief scout Alan Doyle took charge of the game, which attracted a crowd of just 215 – the sixth lowest in the club’s history since records began.

The controversy came at the end of a week that saw players Ed Palmer and Ben Gerring leave the club along with assistant-manager Dean Greygoose.

The Poppies remain in financial crisis with players still waiting for their full wages for September while their next payday is due to be on Friday.

Doyle confirmed after the game on Saturday that more players have put in 14-day notices on their contracts and he was able to name only 13 for the Trophy clash.

Majority shareholder Ladak, who is the club’s only remaining director, revealed last week that a new potential investor has emerged and he has now confirmed that discussions are continuing with them.

He also confirmed that potential investor is also looking to buy the Nene Park stadium as part of any potential takeover.

But he has acknowledged that time is of the essence as the club’s future now appears to be hanging by a very thin thread.

Ladak said: “John Beck’s position is under discussion and we are talking about a potential exit so he won’t be involved with the squad. Alan Doyle will remain in temporary charge.

“The fact is the club has been spending money it hasn’t got.

“It is unsustainable on the contracts that have been given out and we have to discuss what the future is for everyone.

“The new potential investors that came to light last week are also looking at the potential purchase of the stadium.

“We are due to have more discussions this week, there is a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) and one on Wednesday.

“If it is going to happen, we need to know it is happening sooner rather than later.”

Doyle will take charge of the Poppies again tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they take on UCL Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.