Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had drawn 2-2 against Northampton Town on Saturday 27th April 2019.
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CS: Neale, relegation confirmed. Your immediate thoughts this afternoon?
NM: Very disappointed. Very disappointed because we played the first half exactly as the game plan. I warned them at half time that their boss would have a real go at them, because we really stopped them. But in the second half, the central defence was very very dodgy at the time and conceded two quick goals, and then they were right back in the game again. At the end, I think Alex Fisher blocked one of our own chances. We knew it would be tight. I was the hardest seven games I've ever had to do. We managed to get three draws. I wanted a win today to make it open again, but it wasn't to be.
CS: Is what happened at the start of the second half symptomatic of what has happened this season with Yeovil and with this team?
NM: Yes, I think that Omar Sowunmi had a few problems at the beginning of the second half. He conceded an own goal, and his mentality is not that strong at the moment. Then we conceded a second one straight after that, maybe five minutes later. I think they were then on the back foot, because they are not used to that situation. Then we came back into the game and we had the better spell at the end.
CS: You were parachuted into this role seven games ago. What has been the problem for Yeovil this season? Why have they not been able to get out of this position?
NM: Generally, I think it's a very very young team. They're not used to being down at the bottom. Then losing a lot of games on the bounce, then picking up a few points, but then back into the same sort of trot. We never really picked up any confidence over a longer period of time.
CS: Going forward, you're going to be involved as Sporting Director. Whatever role you're given you're going to be assessing these players. What needs to happen for Yeovil Town to bounce back?
NM: It needs a complete revamp. I don't think it needs a massive squad change, because with change you don't get any consistency involved in it. We'll have a sit down, with clear heads and think about the situation. Hopefully the deal will go through and be signed and done properly, and we can start from a new hymnsheet.
CS: What is the latest on the deal, because lots of fans are worried that if the club is relegated and they become a non-league club that the deal won't go through. Whereabouts are we?
NM: It's nothing to do with that. Whatever league it is, it's done. I think the due diligence was done last Friday - a bit of it. Hopefully we will have an announcement this week so that everyone can calm down.
CS: Are you saying that a lot of these players could stay, but work in a different environment with you, and be some of the players that lead Yeovil back into the Football League?
NM: I've had some good positives this week that a number of players want to stay. The group themselves are not a bad set of lads. They're willing to work, but trying to bring the confidence level up as been very difficult. I managed to get three draws out of those six games, and it really looked like three points up until half time, and we might have nicked it at the end just like Notts County and Macclesfield did. But as we've known all season they've got more experience than we have.
CS: This club has now been on a downward spiral since the Championship season when they were relegated. You're coming in and there's a new ownership. What needs to be done just to lift this club out of the doldrums?
NM: We need to win football games and that's the most important thing. Then things change overnight. Obviously for everyone, I'm very unhappy for the club, now it's gone down. The fans have really supported us, and they've supported me in the last six weeks. We've changed a lot of things and I think they've been very positive, and if we can carry on like this then I really hope there can be a good future for the club.
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