Poppies go for Dean

Dean Thomas has been appointed the new manager of Kettering Town
Dean Thomas has been appointed the new manager of Kettering Town

Dean Thomas is the new manager of Kettering Town.

The vastly-experienced former Hinckley United boss has swapped roles with Thomas Baillie, who will become the assistant-manager with immediate effect.

Baillie appointed Thomas as his number two when he took over at the Poppies during last season, which ended with the club being relegated from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division after a campaign littered with off-field problems.

The pair made a joint application for the job after it was advertised by the club, who have confirmed they received “over 25 applications” with a shortlist being interviewed for the position.

Thomas spent 16 seasons as manager of Hinckley as he guided them to Blue Square Bet North football but resigned in October last year with the Knitters suffering from financial problems.

A statement released by the Poppies said: “Kettering Town FC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Thomas as Manager of the Club with immediate effect.

“Dean brings a vast amount of experience to the club, earned over many years as a player and manager and knowledge about the levels of football in which we will be competing. Dean and Thomas also both have a vast knowledge of local players.

“The club’s debt of gratitude will forever be to Thomas Baillie and Alan Doyle for seeing us through the testing months from last October and we are delighted that both are remaining at the club.”

Doyle and club stalwart Ken Samuel were charged with finding the club’s next manager and carried out the interviews with those shortlisted.