Ladak: Jeune can have Poppies shares

Imraan Ladak
Imraan Ladak

Imraan Ladak says Ritchie Jeune “can have” his shareholding in Kettering Town if he can secure a future for the club.

The Poppies’ majority shareholder has broken his silence in an exclusive interview with the Northamptonshire Telegraph following the news that Jeune is planning to relocate the club to Burton Park Wanderers’ Latimer Park ground in Burton Latimer for the start of next season.

And Ladak appears to have cleared the way for Jeune to complete a takeover of the club once final plans are in place.

The main stumbling block now remains the long-term lease that the Poppies are tied to at Nene Park and Ladak says he has now “stepped out of the loop” as far as the Irthlingborough venue is concerned.

Last week, Jeune, who is running the club along with other volunteers, revealed his vision for the club’s future and confirmed a deal had been struck between himself and the Burton club to use their ground for a period of five years from next season.

The club are waiting to see if they will get special dispensation from the Southern League to give them extra time to bring Latimer Park up to the required standard beyond the end of March deadline. If they don’t, then Jeune is hopeful of securing another deal to continue playing home matches at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium.

But Ladak has now had his say and he appears to have cut all ties with the club by insisting he has had no say in any decision that has been made by Jeune and the club over the past few weeks.

“I have nothing to do with any decision that is made by Kettering Town now. I am leaving it to Ritchie,” Ladak said.

“I am not running the club in any way. Whatever Ritchie can do for the future of the club is fantastic as far as I am concerned.

“I am not involved in anything the club is doing, I am just not involved at all.

“If Ritchie gets in a position where he can sort something out for the future then he can have the shareholding as well.

“I may be a shareholder in name but I am not in the business and not looking to make any money out of it.

“Ritchie has proved he loves the club by keeping it alive and he clearly has a lot of support for what he is trying to do. It would be nice if Ritchie could find a solution that works for him and the fans.”

And, on the Nene Park situation, Ladak added: “I tried to broker a deal with several parties and I have now stepped out of the loop.

“I wasn’t able to find a compromise as the middle man so I am leaving it to others to deal directly with the landlord of Nene Park.”