Law returns as Poppies manager

Marcus Law has been named the new manager of Kettering Town. He previously had a stint as Poppies boss back in the 2010-11 campaign
Marcus Law has been named the new manager of Kettering Town. He previously had a stint as Poppies boss back in the 2010-11 campaign

Marcus Law is back at Kettering Town after being confirmed as the club’s new manager.

Law makes his return to the Poppies just over four years after leaving the club following a seven-month stint at the helm when Kettering were still in the top-flight of non-League football during the 2010-11 campaign.

He left the Poppies to join Tamworth and finished last season as the manager of Chasetown in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

Now he has been tasked with the job of replacing former joint-bosses Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin as the Poppies prepare for an Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign following their Division One Central title success last season.

Law firmly believes that Kettering belong further up the non-League ladder and he insists he wants “to be part of the reason” for them getting back there.

“I have an affinity with the club and I have a lot of time for the people here and the fans, the reception I got when I came back to play Kettering with Tamworth after leaving was over and above what was expected,” the new Poppies boss said.

“In that first spell, I never felt I was able to be myself and do what I know I am capable of going.

“This is a Conference club and I want to be part of the reason why they get back there because they will do.

“The timeframe of that will be determined by what happens both on and off the field.

“The position was made available by the club for whatever reason and it’s not for me to say why.

“It is an opportunity that I think a lot of people would have been in for and I am humbled to be given the chance

“There is an element of unfinished business from my point of view.

“With the way the club is moving forward, I think I will get the chance to have a lot of input into a number of aspects of it.”

Law’s previous reign, which was the last at Rockingham Road, began in October 2010 after he was recruited from Barwell by then-chairman Imraan Ladak to become the permanent replacement for Lee Harper.

He eventually took charge of 37 matches, winning 13 of them including a famous 2-1 success at Rushden & Diamonds in January 2011.

The Poppies confirmed they received “a number of applications from across the football community” before they identified Law as the man to replace Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin.

And chairman Ritchie Jeune said: “We’re glad we have been able to secure Marcus as first-team manager.

“Not only does he have the experience to meet the club’s first-team aspirations but he also has a proven track record with developing and fostering academy players and coaching staff which was one of the key requirements set out by the board at the start of the process.

“We had a large number of applicants which we shortlisted, all of whom were exceptional and had much to offer but in the end we felt Marcus has the right balance to deliver within our demanding environment.”

Law will meet supporters for the first time since his return during a fans’ forum, which will be held next month.