Imraan Ladak back in charge at Kettering Town

Imraan Ladak

The future of Kettering Town is again in doubt after Ritchie Jeune stood down after only a few days as chairman.

Owner Imraan Ladak, who had taken a back seat since June, said Jeune and the Supporters' Trust did not have the funds to run the club.

"I've been asked to come in and try to fix the problems and bring some parties together to make the club sustainable before handing it over," he commented.

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Jeune not ousted as chairman - Ladak

Kettering are now playing in the Southern League Premier Division.

The club were relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier last season amid serious financial problems and dropped two divisions after entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement.

It was intended to lead to a transfer of ownership from Imraan Ladak to George Rolls.

But Rolls was banned from football for five years in July for breaches of betting rules, relating to the period 2007 to 2010 when he was chairman of Cambridge United and also associated with Weymouth.

Because of the ban, Jeune was installed as acting chairman and announced earlier this month that he had taken on the job full-time.

However, a club statement issued last Saturday said Jeune remained "a volunteer" and that efforts to resolve the ownership issue and generate funds had been unsuccessful.

Despite that, Ladak - who once appointed Paul Gascoigne as Kettering manager and sacked him 39 days later - told BBC Radio Northampton that his involvement would only be temporary.

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Severn urges clarity at Kettering

"I've got other commitments, I haven't got time for the football club and with everything that happened last year, even if I was to be writing big cheques, I don't think that would be best for the club."

Kettering are continuing to play at Nene Park, the former home of now defunct Rushden & Diamonds, but one of Jeune's proposals was for the club to groundshare with Corby Town, who play in the Blue Square Bet North.

"Gates alone are not going to sustain the club at Nene Park," said Supporters' Trust chairman Mark Severn.

"While there is uncertainty about what is going on at the football club, people aren't going to come out and support it."

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