Telegraph Sports Notebook - Beck has made the right impression

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
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First impressions are always important.

And new Kettering Town manager John Beck wasted little time in making a good impression as he met the local press for the first time on Tuesday.

It was no surprise when it was confirmed that the former Cambridge United and Histon boss was appointed as Ashley Westwood’s successor at Nene Park.

He had been linked with the position pretty much from the off, although the financial issues and everything else going on at Kettering ensured he had to wait before getting his feet under the table.

And he certainly spoke well as he revealed his desire to take a club from the grass roots right up to the Football League - a level he isn’t unfamiliar with.

Many would call it over-ambitious but the fact that he is targeting strong community links for the club shows that he is looking at the bigger picture.

There will be (and are) fans out there who have already made their mind up about the future of the Poppies.

Many feel that George Rolls and others behind the scenes can’t make Nene Park pay and, given the recent history, it is understandable that they reach that conclusion.

There will be many fans who are choosing to remain cautious. Again, no-one can blame them for that.

The number of rumours and counter-rumours that continue to surface out of Nene Park continues to be ridiculous and, in general, they nearly always spell doom for the club.

The arguments over the rights and wrongs of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) have rumbled on and on ever since Rolls confirmed it would be the only way the club could rid itself of its crippling debts.

Local business are losing out because of it and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs opposed it completely. It may have been the only way, that doesn’t always mean it is the right way.

But what’s done is done.

The Poppies are actually in a position where they can move on. They have a new management team and they know what division they will be in next season.

In recent weeks, those who have nothing but negative things to say have been the loudest. If there is anyone out there who still believes in their club then perhaps it is time for them to start shouting a bit louder.

Whether you believe every rumour you hear or not, the simple fact is that Kettering won’t survive unless their hardcore supporters remain loyal.

Rolls still has over 3,000 FA charges hanging over him, none of which relate to his short time at the Poppies. But it certainly doesn’t help them in what still remain, in a lot of people’s eyes, uncertain times.

But football fans, in general, are only interested in one thing - football.

And it is now down to Beck and his assistant Dean Greygoose to put together a squad that can challenge for promotion next season, even if they also have a 10-point deduction to overcome.

Beck has made a good impression with the things he has said but talk is cheap.

He has all the credentials to bring success to the Poppies like he has done at so many other clubs. He will have his own style, we all know that.

All everyone can hope for is that he is given the chance by everyone from the fans to those behind the scenes to stamp his mark on the club.

And if he is, then maybe there are brighter times ahead - only time will tell on that front...