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Kettering Town chairman rules out merger with rival Rushden

Kettering Town Football Club chairman Imraan Ladak has ruled out a merger with rivals Rushden & Diamonds as long as the club’s fans remain against it.

The Blue Square Bet Premier club’s have both had tight budgets to deal with, with Kettering not currently satisfying Football League rules if they were to be promoted due to its Rockingham Road lease running out in 2013.

And whilst a merger could help both clubs financially and commercially, Ladak believes it is not the way to go at the current time.

"I'm not going to do something that the majority of supporters are against. [The priority is] a longer-term lease for the club and when we know how much that's going to cost us, we can work out what the budget is next season," Ladek told BBC Radio Northampton.

He added: "It's very difficult for us or Rushden & Diamonds to sustain full-time football in the Blue Square Bet Premier as separate entities - that's a fact.

"But our supporters have said they'd rather struggle [in that division] or get relegated as Kettering than merge with our rivals.  My job is to look at the options and leave it to the supporters to make [that kind of] decision."


Scott Hobro

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