Interview : Neale Marmon : 03/04/2019
Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Swindon Town Game
Neale Marmon
Neale Marmon
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Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to BBC Somerset on Wednesday 3rd April, as part of the build-up to the League Two match against Swindon Town.

TS: Neil, just over a week in the job now. Have you settled into things?

NM: Very much so. There wasn't much settling in to be done. I've been in the building since January, so it was quite easy settling in.

TS: I guess football doesn't wait for you to settle in anyway. The games come thick and fast and it's a tough prospect with Swindon away this weekend.

NM: Definitely. Obviously they're pushing for promotion as well, but I hope they under-estimate us.

TS: I was here earlier in the season when Swindon played here, and they were among the best sides I've seen at Huish Park this season. In usual circumstances it would be no shame to go to Swindon and not come away with anything, but times are different now, and Yeovil need the points.

NM: Definitely. We'll try to go there and nick something, but I hope they under-estimate us and we can really go forward and try to hurt them.

TS: Is that the tactic? To go there and be really solid and hope that you can grab something?

NM: We have nothing to lose basically. Obviously we need the points, but because they're in good form at the moment, not many people expect something.

TS: What are Swindon Town's dangers?

NM: Obviously the three strikers are very very quick, and we're very aware of that. But we're looking at ourselves at the moment, and just concentrating on our game getting better - defending better and going forward better.

TS: Yes, one goal in the last five games for Yeovil Town. How do you improve that scoring record?

NM: Well generally in training there's always finishing involved. It's getting confidence up, and getting into areas where you can score goals.

TS: Is that part of the problem for Yeovil Town at the moment? Is it just getting confidence and moral back from the players?

NM: Well I think a lot of people saw in the game last week that we kept the ball well for 60 minutes. After the goal, they got the second one quickly, so that broke morale a little bit. But the boys came back and got the game at 1-2. We were pushing for a second one, but then we got caught on the break. We've got to be aware of that, because Swindon do break very well. So we've got to watch the three quick players and stop them.

TS: You said after the Newport match that you were happy with the majority of the performance. Are you seeing improvements, but in that game and on the training pitch?

NM: Because I've been in Germany for a long time, we do try to keep the ball and that's what I've been doing this week as well. This afternoon, the eleven v eleven game that we always do on a Wednesday afternoon, the other guys that didn't play can offer themselves to try to get back into the team. But I will try to keep the core of the team together.

TS: Have you got some options at the moment, because I know you had to leave some players out last weekend that were fully fit, just because there's that many players available to Yeovil Town at the moment.

NM: At the moment we've only got two injuries which is Alex Pattison and Rhys Browne. So they're all chomping at the bit to come into the team. But as I've just said, I gave the guys last week the chance to show what they can do. Obviously today with the eleven vs eleven, there will be a few guys trying to get into the team, but at the moment I've got my core team in my head.

TS: Are you saying to those guys - the ones who are on the periphery, you've still got six games to go, everything is to play for. You can play your way into this team?

NM: Everyone in the squad makes themselves available at the start of the season anyway. But I thought the last game was quite good for 60 minutes. If we keep building on that, I think we'll get the points we require.

TS: You've made it clear that you're not going to be permanent manager here, as from next season, but you will be at the club in a different role. Are you involved in the selection of who that next manager might be, and is that process starting right now?

NM: I think that in my new position of Sporting Director next year, I'll obviously be in the role of selecting the manager for next year. We haven't even thought about it for the moment. We've got a load of applicants, but we'll worry about that when it comes around.

TS: Do you have to wait then, with the games being the most important thing at the moment? You'll wait until the end of the season and make the decision then?

NM: Yes, because the person that comes to the club will have to be either a League Two gaffer, or for the National League. Hopefully it will be League Two, and we're going for that, and then we'll have a big choice.

TS: Obviously Notts County are below and Macclesfield are below. They've both got home games this weekend. Do you even take a look at what they're doing or is it just about concentrating upon what Yeovil are doing?

NM: I don't even look at them, to be honest. I look at what we're doing in training. We'll get the boys ready for Saturday, and we'll see what happens.

TS: The other thing as well - the new owner coming in - Rob Couhig - is he speaking to you, and telling you what he expects in this last run-in of the season?

NM: No, that was the situation when he took over, that he didn't want to get involved in the football side of things. Basically he'll be financially supporting the club, and making the new surroundings here. I wouldn't get involved in that side of things anyway, if it was the case that a new owner was telling me what to do.

TS: Obviously a lot of fans are wondering what's happening with that. I know you're close to Mark Palmer. Is there any update with the negotiations and how all of that is going?

NM: Everything has been handed into the EFL and we're just waiting for the return. That's it.

TS: So hopefully it shouldn't be too long then?

NM: No, hopefully not, although you don't know with the EFL, do you!

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