Interview : Dave Linney : 24/09/2015
Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Meet The Manager Evenings
Dave Linney
Dave Linney
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Yeovil Town commercial manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the club's two Meet The Manager events, the first of which takes place tonight on Thursday 24th September 2015.

DL: It's just an open questions and answer session to meet with Paul. He's been here a few months now and he's had some trials and tribulations, with players being injured, with team selection and results. It give an opportunity for fans to come along and ask the questions. I've only known Paul for a matter of months as well and he's pretty frank in what he says. He doesn't hold any punches, and he'll tell the truth.

EB: Did he say that he wanted to do this kind of thing or is it something that the club encouraged?

DL: The club encourages it, but it's something that he's always done wherever he has been. He's always been open and frank to all supporters. He goes on record to say that supporters are the main hub of any club. He feels that and he wants to get close to the supporters and give his views. I think he's done it on Twitter and Facebook and different avenues ...

EB: He did that open letter to the fans, didn't he?

DL: He did, and he was pretty brave to do that because you open yourself up somewhat. But he doesn't feel fazed by it - he does it - he does it wherever he's been and it's been quite successful.

EB: Do you think the fans appreciate the chance to put a question direct to the manager?

DL: I think so, because you can sometimes hide behind a letter or a phone call or an email, but if you're face-to-face and you want to ask the manager something and it's quite frank, then it may not be the response that you want, but at least it's a frank and open response to the question.

EB: The first one tonight comes after the club's first away win of the season. So some might say it's perfect timing but the dates have been in the diary for a little while haven't they?

DL: Yes you're right. It may ease the blows somewhat, in that we did get a win on Saturday, but I'm sure Paul won't get carried away with that win. I think we were under the cosh a bit during the second half, but we are grateful for that win and we've risen up that table slightly. We want to be able to continue that form and Paul will be able to give some insight into what's going on inside the club as regards to players coming back, the players that he's got in the team - good, bad or indifferent - I'm sure he'll tell you what he feels.

EB: On matchdays you sometimes host a question and answer session for some of the fans that are in hospitality, so you are used to doing this kind of thing. What do you do when you get a real tricky question?

DL: You just have to try to answer it as frank as you possibly can. There's football related questions and we'll also be looking at the planning development here as well, so we've got that involved. But if there is something that is aimed that isn't quite appropriate, then you try to bat it off some way. But most people are quite open and they'll realise what the night is about. It's not about being personal to anybody. Football is an emotive game of course and supporters will come with their ideas and it's all about opinions at the end of the day. If it's not quite apt, then it we'll deal with it.

EB: Now it's a free evening but fans do need to obtain their tickets?

DL: That's right, you have to obtain your tickets through the Ticket Office. There are still some available for this evening's event. So if you haven't already done so, then give the ticket office a call and then book your place for tonight's event.

EB: And then it will happen again next Thursday?

DL: Correct - we've got tonight and then we've got next Thursday. We've got two open sessions - not everyone can make tonight or next week, so hopefully between the two, people will be able to make one or the other.

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