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Kettering appoint ex-Nottingham Forest, Rotherham, Port Vale, Macclesfield player

Kettering Town have took to appoint ex-Nottingham Forest, Rotherham, Port Vale, Macclesfield player Lee Glover as their new manager.

Glover ended the 2021/22 season as assistant-manager at AFC Rushden & Diamonds having come into Hayden Road along with boss Andy Burgess, another former footballer.

He comes in after the departure of Ian Culverhouse, who guided the Poppies to being on the verge of the National League North playoffs, but missed out on the final day.


The club is delighted to announce the new manager of Kettering Town is Lee Glover on an initial 2 year contract. Lee has a tremendous background in the game, having played for Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, Rotherham United, Huddersfield Town, Mansfield Town, Burton Albion, Corby and Grantham Town. He was also on loan at Leicester City, Barnsley and Luton Town.

Kettering born Lee managed Corby (player manager) and Grantham Town early in his career, later he became the development coach at Derby County under Nigel Clough and former England manager Steve McLaren. After leaving that post he became assistant manager at Peterborough United, and then Mansfield Town (under former Poppy John Dempster) and more recently a short spell at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

The club will be holding a fans forum in the near future in the Social Club, further details to follow.

Welcome to the club Lee.


Youth career
Nottingham Forest

Senior career
1987–1994 – Nottingham Forest – 76 games (9 goals)
1989 → Leicester City (loan) – 5 games (1 goal)
1990 → Barnsley (loan) – 8 games (0 goals)
1991 → Luton Town (loan) – 1 game (0 goals)
1994–1996 – Port Vale – 52 games (7 goals)
1996–2000 – Rotherham United – 85 games (29 goals)
1997 → Huddersfield Town (loan) – 11 games (0 goals)
2000–2002 – Macclesfield Town – 85 games (18 goals)
2002 – Mansfield Town – 2 games (0 goals)
2002 – Burton Albion – 9 games (2 goals)
2002–2004 – Corby Town
2004–2006 – Grantham Town
Total – 334+ (66+ goals)

National team
1987–1989 – Scotland U21 – 3 games (0 goals)

Teams managed
2003–2004 – Corby Town
2004–2006 – Grantham Town


as a Player

Nottingham Forest
League Cup: 1989
League Cup runner-up: 1992
FA Cup runner-up: 1991
Full Members Cup: 1992
Football League First Division runner-up: 1993–94

Port Vale
Anglo-Italian Cup runner-up: 1996

Rotherham United
Football League Third Division runner-up: 1999–2000

as a Manager

Grantham Town
Lincolnshire Senior Shield: 2004

Fans reacted as Kettering appoint the ex-Nottingham Forest, Rotherham, Port Vale, Macclesfield player as their new manager…

@up_utp: First reaction is Mmmmm, strikes me a bit of the Nicky Eaden appointment and we know how that went. But got to give the guy a chance, his first job has to be to try and keep last years key members of the squad

@tom_1177: Deserves a chance, but doesn’t exactly sound like a man going up in the world career wise. Glad to be proven wrong.

@lee_saint: Job 1 keep @AlexTBrown3

@TW27151: Not too sure on that one…

@c_ellis92: Who? Nice Poppies shirt though 😍 #ktfc

@MarcfloodMarc: Brilliant well done Lee

@Seb_ElJefe: I’ll be happy with the appointment if he manages to keep the core of our squad together… build on the amazing work the boys did last season 🤝🏼

@_CiaranMyers35: looks like a cardboard cutout

@matt23boss: Seems like a massive shot in the dark and a lazy appointment, hopefully proved wrong next season🔴

@blanchyshed: Demonstrates level of ambition @KTFCOfficial 🙁

@lee_saint: It’s the contract part that’s most surprising

Paula Conde-Sharpe: Very happy with that, great choice 👍🏻

Lee Owen: And a contract for 2 years 😳

Jordan Roe: Let’s hope he’s got contacts.

John Farren: We need someone with experience of this league I don’t think he is the answer but see if he proves everybody wrong. good luck bring it on

Josh Pinchin: He deserves a chance, hopefully gets off to a good start because if not I feel it could get very hostile like when Nicky Eaden got the job.

Martin Jeffs: Well, a manager is better than no manager. I go into next season with no expectations at all. So let’s see what this guy can do!

James Loader: Hmmm 🤷‍♂️ underwhelmed. But anyone deserves a fair crack of the whip so let’s see what this man can do. Good luck Lee. Look forward to watching your team play

Simon Blowfield: Not sure on that choice

Mark Knight: Randomly sat next to at a game years ago when he was scouting for Derby at the time. He seemed to know a lot of people in the game and sorted out the signing of Michael Jacobs. That being said, no idea if that helps as a manager 🤣

Lee Wright: I appreciate its not a glittering appointment and a little concerning for me that he hasn’t managed in 16 years; plus he doesn’t seem to stick around in his jobs long. HOWEVER, He’s our manager so let’s get right behind him from the start! 🔴

Ethan Beadsworth:
Back the manager… yes
Pretend to be happy with this appointment … no

Jeremy Nicholls: All abit rushed again from the club, not been a manager for like YEARS and YEARS.!!

Richard Kirk: Maybe not everyone’s choice, but let’s just get behind the new manager, see what he brings, and give him a chance ffs. Welcome Lee all the very best I hope you do well #foreverred utp ⚫🔴⚫🔴⚫🔴

James Robinson: Pre season fans forum to see what the plans ahead are then? Welcome Lee, just hope he is aware of what he is getting involved with (Absolutely no pitch related excuses tolerated personally). Time will tell.

Mel Ridley: Certainly going to give him a chance, could turn out to be a very good appointment. Although why do we always seem to make a rush appointment. Cox goes and Culverhouse is in less than 48 hours later, and now same with Glover when Culverhouse goes. Unless the club knew a while ago that Culverhouse was leaving. Good to have a local lad in. Made his name as a very decent player, let’s hope for the same as a manager.

(Featured photo – @groundhoppingpoppy)

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