Poppies’ manager search is ‘nearing completion’

David Kolodynski has confirmed he won't be at Kettering Town next season
David Kolodynski has confirmed he won't be at Kettering Town next season

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune says the search for the club’s next manager is “nearing completion”.

The Poppies have been managerless since joint-bosses Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin, who led the club to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title glory last season, left following the decision to go with just a single manager for the new Premier Division campaign.

Since then, three members of that title-winning squad have already departed Latimer Park with Josh Moreman and goalkeeper Richard Knight both joining Stamford earlier this week while striker David Kolodynski confirmed on social media this morning (Wednesday) that he would also be leaving due to family commitments.

However, Jeune is unconcerned about those early moves and he revealed the Poppies are now closing in on the man who will be in the dugout next season.

“The search is nearing completion and there’s not much more I can say about that at the moment,” the Kettering chairman said.

“As far as the players who have left are concerned, that’s what happens in non-League football.

“You would expect other clubs to come in for them and if they want to go, that’s their decision and there isn’t a great deal we can do about it.

“Obviously the new manager will have some work to do as far as squad building is concerned.

“The travelling aspect will be important and you can understand why David, for example, would cite that as a reason for leaving.

“But player movement is part of any summer and we aren’t concerned.

“We are at a different stage of our cycle than we were this time last year.

“We kept things stable then because we knew we had a chance of winning the league. We aren’t arrogant enough to think we will go straight into the next division and win it.

“We are at a stage where we need to build things around us and the new manager will play a big part in that.”