Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to beIN Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray on the morning of Friday 19th April 2019, ahead of the League Two match against Crewe Alexandra.
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RK: In the hotel heading for a game at Crewe today is Neale Marmon. Neale, how are you?
NM: Very well. We're well prepared for the game today. We're looking forward to it. It's fantastic weather today and the guys are up for it.
AG: How's the pressure? How are yourself and the lads coping with the pressure on you at the moment?
NM: Basically, I've taken all the pressure off them. I've got a really relaxed attitude about myself. I'm a bit older now.
RK: You've spent most of your career, living and playing your football in Germany. So it's been quite a journey back to Yeovil. How did that come about?
NM: Well basically my father was attached to the Forces as a teacher. After being at Millfield School, which is just down the road from Yeovil, I went to Torquay United as an apprentice, and then went to college and did my PE degree. I went back to Germany because my parents still lived over there and basically attached myself to a Third Division club, and my career took off from there.
RK: And it turned out to be a very good career in Germany.
NM: Well I enjoyed it very much. Obviously the football was a lot different during the 1980s and 1990s than it was in the UK. Whereas now in the UK even going down as far as the fourth division, or League Two as it's called, they do try to play good football nowadays.
RK: You've swept aside one or two traditions. Andy was just saying that when he was playing, the training sessions were open to everybody. But it's something that you've done at Yeovil. What reason, and what's the effect been?
NM: Firstly, I was a very good friend of Darren Way's anyway.
RK: The previous manager.
NM: Yes, and the atmosphere was pretty volatile, but I won't go into the details of that, because there was politics behind it. Over in Germany, most training is open to the public anyway. Big clubs like Bayern Munich, when they've got a Champions League game, they might close the doors for special training before the game, but generally the public can go and watch and enjoy the interaction with the fans.
AG: It's good that. Just looking forward to these next three or four weeks that are very nervy, very anxious weeks for you. Have you got a number that you might need from these four games?
NM: No, you might require four wins, you might require three or you might just require one. We don't know, and so we've got to prepare for every game as if we're going to win every game.
RK: It's a famous old club that's had its ups and down in recent years. It's got to be up, hasn't it, from this formula?
NM: Absolutely. We've got big plans. As has probably been recognised in the press, I'm part of the new takeover. Basically we've got massive plans to take the club forward. I think the town requires it. The big companies around the town are looking forward to getting involved, and we can use that energy to produce a good squad for next year. I'm sure we'll be okay.
AG: Have you travelled today Neale, or were you up there last night?
NM: No, we've travelled to prepare for the game. We've travelled up the day before. Through my assistant Paul Terry and his connection to his brother (John Terry) at Aston Villa, we were lucky enough to be able to train there yesterday afternoon. So the lads really enjoyed that. Obviously coming into a lovely little training ground like they've got, it also excites them as well.
RK: Is it a necessity that you survive? You talk about plans for the future. Do you have to be a Football League club for them to come to fruition?
NM: Preferably yes, because we're saving time then. We've got to get a squad of potential players that are very young. In hindsight we probably required in the January window a few more experienced players. But the lads have got the responsibility and I'm sure they'll take it on their shoulders. They got the information yesterday that the takeover has gone through, and it's just the EFL rules now. Whatever happens to me, whether I'm manager next year, or Sporting Director we'll see at the end of the season.
RK: Just to remind us, the last time myself and Andy saw you was where, and in what circumstances?
NM: A very very cold Tuesday night at Colchester. It was very very breezy and I think it was minus one (Celsius). It was against Leyton Orient at home, and through a goal kick, the wind was so strong, the ball just dropped vertically. I went up for a header and won the header, and then the right-back clattered into my head. I think the left side of my head swelled up within seconds.
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