Kettering Town to appoint Mark Stimson new manager

Mark Stimson
Stimson led Gillingham to League Two play-off success in 2008-09

Kettering Town will appoint former Stevenage, Gillingham and Barnet boss Mark Stimson as their new manager.

The 43-year-old, who won the FA Trophy with Stevenage in 2007, will be confirmed as the Poppies boss once he finalises the details of his contract.

He also enjoyed non-league success with Grays Athletic, who he led to Conference South and FA Trophy titles.

Stimson told BBC Radio Northampton: "All the players will get the chance to impress me."

He will replace Morell Maison, who resigned on Monday at the Blue Square Bet Premier club.

Stimson, who was most recently managing League Two side Barnet and applied for the job at Grimsby in March, arrives at Nene Park with the Poppies 22nd in the table.

He said that he was hopeful of bringing in coaches Rod Stringer, formerly with Braintree Town, and Scott Barrett, who was with Stimson at his former clubs.