Kettering wait on possible takeover

Feb 23rd, 2012

Kettering Town are anxiously awaiting the outcome of interest shown by former Weymouth and Cambridge Utd chairman George Rolls according to Poppies manager Ashley Westwood. “All I know is that he is working hard, he’s interested in doing it and he’s potentially there. I’m aware there’s still some things to be done and sorted out” Westwood told BBC Radio Northampton and added: “Hopefully it can get sorted, he can be the owner and we can move forward.”

In an interview with BBC Radio Northampton former Poppies director Ken Samuel, who has been assisting the Supporters Trust with their efforts to save the club, also believes the Rolls takeover is close. “I think things are moving again, which is good news. There have been meetings and hopefully something will happen by the end of the week – but we’ve been here before. So it’s difficult to be categorical about it. George Rolls has been very helpful in recent weeks, so we’re grateful for that.”

Samuel urged Poppies fans to show their support for the financially stricken club. “I just hope the public come and support us by continuing to come through the turnstiles, by putting money in buckets and hopefully we’ll have another fundraising game next Tuesday. It’s the way that true supporters can help.” “The question I’d ask to supporters is: do we want a club? I’m fighting hard, day and night, to ensure something happens that we at least have a football club to carry on watching.”

The winding up petition from HM Revenue & Customs was deferred until early April, but the Poppies must pay their football creditors, including the players, by 28th February or face a points deduction and fine.