Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour on Wednesday 30th April 2019 as part of the build-up to the home match against Carlisle United.
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TS: Neale, the dust has settled on relegation. What's the mood been like amongst players and staff this week?
NM: Obviously it's been a bit difficult. There's been a few sulky faces, but they picked up a bit today, so we're happy with the training today.
TS: How do you pick the players up after something like that, because lots of them won't have experienced something like that before?
NM: First of all, we're professional footballers and it's our job, so we're going to get back into everything again. But basically, to pick them up you've got to have fun training, so that's what we've done for the last two days.
TS: How do you approach a game like the Carlisle one on the weekend, where there's effectively nothing to play for, for Yeovil Town?
NM: Basically we want to finish the season off on a positive note. We need to give back to the fans, for what the fans have done for us over the last six weeks under my regime, and basically like to play football.
TS: How important is it to send the fans out on a positive note? I spoke to some of them after the Northampton game and there were people in tears. This football club means a lot for a lot of people.
NM: Obviously. I've got to know the place very quickly in the last six months. For the fans, the club is basically their home. I think they see the job of the players, and us as staff, to get things right for Saturday to leave them on this season with a positive note.
TS: Of course it's not a nothing game for Carlisle, who are coming here with an outside shot of the play-offs. I imagine you're expecting a tough afternoon against them?
NM: Well they're a good side. Every game has been tough for us, so it makes no difference who comes to Huish Park. But I want to finish, playing a good game of football.
TS: In term of team selection do you go for a side that you think will probably be here next year, or do you just select the best side from the players that are available?
NM: I think in the last couple of weeks, the side had been pretty fixed. We're playing good football at the moment, and I'll probably stay with that.
TS: Have you looked towards next season at all, and obviously those players that are out of contract, and the retained list - who could be here and who could be leaving?
NM: That's what we're going through at the moment. We've selected who we want for next year, and asking players if they want to stay with us and basically giving them offers.
TS: How does it work when a potential new manager or new head coach isn't in place yet? Presumably they'd want to have their input into who would stay and who would go as well?
NM: You've got people who are under contract anyway. At the moment, Paul Terry is the assistant manager. Whoever will be the new manager can decide what he wants but you've got to get a core and sort it out quickly now because you can't let them all go away and have nothing at the beginning of the (next) season.
TS: How important then is it to start that management process quickly? Has it started and is there any update that you can give us?
NM: I think it's started, but there's no news at the moment.
TS: There's no time limit on when you want to get them in place? Presumably the quicker they come in, the better it will be for the club?
NM: I think we can basically pick the best players that we've got that want to stay and the players that have got contracts, and keep that as a core first of all, and then the new manager can do the rest.
TS: How you worked out exactly how you want that to work yet, in terms of going forward with you as Sporting Director. Is it a Head Coach role?
NM: Well no, the decision hasn't been made yet. We've got to get something sorted out core-wise so that the squad is there, and then you build around that.
TS: I know we speak about this every week, but we want to talk to you about the takeover, because of course now relegation has been confirmed, the prospective new owners know what's going to be happening next season. So is there any update that you can give us?
NM: No, none whatsoever. I think they're meeting today somewhere, but I can't give you any information whatsoever.
TS: So there's no time limit on when that might be announced either?
NM: At the moment there isn't - no. There's no time limit at all.
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