Poppies given a stay of execution

Ritchie Jeune
Ritchie Jeune

Kettering Town have been given a 56-day extension to allow them to settle the winding up petition issued on the club by HM Revenue & Customs.

The verdict was delivered at a hearing in London, which was attended by representatives of the club, after the winding up petition came to light last week ahead of the final game of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season.

Ritchie Jeune, who has been leading the way in trying to give the Poppies a future after they almost went out of business in October, insists he is confident the HMRC situation will be resolved in those 56 days, which will be up on June 24.

And he also believes that is now a perfect deadline to get the other issues holding the club back completed.

Jeune is seeking to complete a takeover from current owner Imraan Ladak while also getting the club out of their long-term lease at Nene Park. His long-term plan is to see the club playing back in the borough at Latimer Park in Burton Latimer.

Jeune is currently away on business in Hong Kong but is due to return next week.

He said: “We are pleased with the outcome. Apparently, that is the standard amount of time that is given but we thought it would be shorter.

“It gives us something to aim for when it comes to everything concerned with the club.

“I am confident that, from HMRC’s point of view, it will all be sorted. But we will also be looking to deal with the ownership issue in that timescale as well.

“It would be good to get everything sorted and once I return, having a face-to-face meeting with Imraan will be very high on the agenda.”

Jeune, meanwhile, confirmed the club will be interviewing candidates for the first team manager’s job this week with former boss Alan Doyle and club stalwart Ken Samuel in charge of the recruitment process.

Current manager Thomas Baillie and his number two Dean Thomas have applied as a team while the only other confirmed interest has come from former Poppies striker Lawrie Dudfield.

Jeune added: “We will be pushing on with the manager’s job and Ken and Alan got some interviews coming up this week.

“Hopefully there will be more to report on that situation soon and we can begin to move forward.”