Poppies hit back at Stimson claims

Former Kettering Town boss Mark Stimson
Former Kettering Town boss Mark Stimson

Kettering Town have hit back over claims from former manager Mark Stimson, who says he is still owed money by the club.

Stimson was in charge of the Poppies for a doomed spell during a campaign that ended in relegation from the Conference Premier last year before the club was hit by severe financial problems that almost sent them out of business.

He was eventually sacked by previous owner Imraan Ladak, whose reign was ended when Ritchie Jeune completed a takeover of the club at the end of last month.

In today’s (Sunday) Non League Paper, Stimson, who won a court case in June last year against the claim he was sacked because of gross misconduct, said: “I was owed just over £20,000 for expenses, one month’s wages and the clause that entitled me to six months’ salary if they sacked me.

“Neither the then chairman or any other representative of the club showed up in court and the judge ruled there was no evidence and over-turned it – which I was glad about because I don’t want it on my CV – but they’ve not answered any correspondence since.

“The LMA (League Managers Association) have emailed and written to them, but no-one answers. It makes me mad that Kettering Town are still signing players and still playing football, but don’t settle their debts.

“We’ll carry on because a stance needs to be made for all managers at this level that although owners change, a club can’t just ignore things like this. They’d have wanted a full year’s salary for me if it had gone well and a higher club had come in for me.”

However, the Poppies have responded to those claims by issuing a statement on their website in which they insist Stimson was consuted prior to the club entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement to clear their debts last summer.

The club statement said: “An article appears in today’s Non League Paper regarding an amount of money owing to former manager Mark Stimson, who was employed and subsequently sacked by the previous club owners.

“The current owners can now confirm, after investigation, that Mark was consulted prior to the CVA in June 2012 and has been entered in the CVA as a creditor in the sum of £19,000.

“As such, the amount owing is part of the CVA, and will be dealt with under that arrangement by Carter Clark along with all other registered creditors.

“We can confirm that since November we have had no known contact from either Mark or the League Managers Association. If contact had been made to us we would have acknowledged it and referred it to Carter Clark.”