POPPIES CRISIS - Doyle says there “may be light at the end of the tunnel”

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle says he has been asked by people at the top of Kettering Town to keep the club going as “there may be light at the end of the tunnel”.

The caretaker-manager has confirmed the club are currently de-registering players in the hope the Football Association will give them the green light to bring in new ones later today.

Doyle says he has “five or six” ready to step in for tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash at Leamington.

And it seems a potential takeover may be gathering pace.

Majority shareholder had already revealed to the Northamptonshire Telegraph that a new potential investor had come to light, although any move would involve purchasing the Nene Park stadium as well as the club.

It is understood that talks are continuing with the mystery potential investor.

The Poppies remain in a dire position following the controversy at the weekend when they fielded just 10 players against Bashley and that ended in a 7-0 defeat.

Since then, it has been reported that there is now no power at Nene Park while the existing squad remain unpaid for this month while some are also waiting for part of last month’s wages as well.

Add to that, the allegation that the club are already behind on their Company Voluntary Arrangement payments then it makes unpleasant reading.

But Doyle says the support he has received since Saturday’s game is driving him on to try to give the club a chance to survive.

“I understand the club are having a meeting with the FA later today and the indication is that we may be able to bring these five or six players in,” Doyle said.

“I believe I can put 11 on the pitch tomorrow as well as one or two more, although we need to discuss things with the 10 who played at the weekend.

“The support from the fans and everyone since Saturday has been unbelievable.

“I have been asked by somebody to keep the club going for the next two or three weeks because there may be light at the end of the tunnel. That’s what I am going to try to do.

“Hopefully we will be given the chance to bring other players in and make sure we play this game tomorrow night.”