Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner on Thursday 10th May 2018 about the effect a sale of Wembley Stadium could have on the club.
DL: The stadium now is well over 20 years old, and we're looking to redevelop certain parts of it, particularly the away end, where there is no cover there. So the heritage of Huish Park will hopefully have an away end that we can make much better, whether we make it into a home end, with some corporate facilities and museums and that sort of thing. So that's what we would look to possibly do in the future.
MF: If all of these things did come to fruition, does that then mean you have other money that you could spend on other things then? Would it help the club along the path?
DL: Well of course, the knock-on effect of getting better facilities, is getting better corporate sponsorship and hospitality for our customers, which inevitably brings more money into the club, which inevitably brings more money to the manager to buy and get better players. It's a vicious circle - the more success that you have, the higher crowds and the more money that comes in, but the less success, the less money. So hopefully to have those facilities would certainly be the starting block, to move the club further forward.
MF: Do you know what happens next then? Presumably you're going to be keeping an eye out, to work out if Wembley is sold first of all, and therefore will you get any money after that.
DL: Exactly. We'll be looking the same as you, in all the media. There's pretty widespread speculation from the FA about what the lower clubs will be getting, or maybe getting. Still, until we see that cheque or that money come our way, we'll just wait and see.
MF: While you're here, we should mention that rebuilding has already started for next season. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has agreed a two year deal to remain at Huish Park until 2020. He's a popular lad in goal, as well.
DL: Very much so. He came in late in the season, when we had an injury crisis in goal, and did really well. Coincidentally we had quite a few clean sheets at that particular time. He's a bubbly character, he's got lots of experience and of course now is the time when players become available. Darren has been looking to recruit for next year. Hopefully we can move on next year and get into the top half of the league. This is the start of one or two signings, I'm sure.
MF: Stuart won't mind me saying - he's 36, and that maybe shows that Darren is looking for a mixture of youth and experience ready for next season.
DL: Well, I think when you look at the squad this year, two-thirds of the team are 22 and under, I would imagine, and you need that experience to bring these players on. So lots of them are there for next year - those youngsters. We just need the experience to go along with them.
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