Poppies appoint Beck as new manager

JOHN BECK COACH HISTON FC, Histon FC - Kettering Town Fc, Blue Sq Premier League, Saturday 15th November 2008
JOHN BECK COACH HISTON FC, Histon FC - Kettering Town Fc, Blue Sq Premier League, Saturday 15th November 2008

George Rolls believes John Beck is the “ideal appointment” at this stage of Kettering Town’s history.

The Poppies’ acting chairman has moved quickly to make his first managerial appointment at Nene Park after a busy weekend, which saw the club enter into a Company Voluntary Arrangement in a bid to sort out their debts of £1.2m.

Kettering were then confirmed as an Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division side at their annual meeting in Torquay on Saturday.

And Rolls, who predicted an announcement would be made today, has wasted little time in confirming Beck, who has been strongly linked with the post, as the new man at the helm.

The 58-year-old has enjoyed a fine managerial career, most notably with Cambridge United and, more recently at Histon where he was assistant-boss to Steve Fallon.

Now he is the new man to lead Kettering as they bid to bounce back from a double demotion and Rolls is certain he is the right man for the job.

“I think John’s record speaks for itself,” Rolls said.

“You just have to look at the success he has had at clubs he has been at. There aren’t many managers out of work who can match it.

“At this point in Kettering Town’s history, he is the ideal appointment.

“He knows our expectations and he is a disciplinarian. He will get our players organised. He knows promotion is our aim.

“I know he will get some good players in at the right price.

“I don’t believe I am as stupid as I might look. I have been speaking to potential managers constantly but it would have been unfair to do anything before everything over the weekend had been sorted.

“Now that it has, we have acted decisively. We have got the right man and we didn’t waste any time in offering him the job.”

Beck has signed a two-year contract with the Poppies, which will run out in May 2014.