Kettering boss Mark Stimson expecting player offers

Mark Stimson
Kettering Town boss Mark Stimson is expecting calls from fellow managers

Kettering Town manager Mark Stimson is resigned to receiving offers for his players to help ease the plight of the cash-strapped Poppies.

Stimson confirmed on Monday that the Kettering players have yet to receive their full wages this month.

Already Stimson expects to lose striker Adam Cunnington to Dagenham & Redbridge and he fears that he will have to part with defender Marcus Kelly too.

"We're probably going to lose Adam Cunnington," he told BBC Northampton.

"My next conversation with the chairman will be 'Has the Cunnington deal been done?'

"I just hope we don't lose Marcus Kelly as well," added Stimson, following Friday's 2-2 draw against Tamworth at The Lamb.

"To pick out individuals is hard, but he was a class above."

Having made 11 players available for transfer in September, Kettering have this time put their whole squad up for sale. And Stimson knows that this time there will have to be sacrifices, as he waits for his phone to ring.

"I hope so," he added. "I hope the managers who turned up on Friday night see something and want to ask me some questions.

"In the situation we're in, we have to get some players out. Fingers crossed, I hope to get some calls.

"And let's hope that these boys can go on and earn a living out of the game."

The Poppies are up to 17th in the Blue Square Bet Premier after Friday's gutsy draw, but means that they have now won just once in their last six games - and that was the Cup's fourth qualifying round defeat of Essex Senior League outfit Southend Manor.

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