Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry talked to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage after he split his Chairman and Chief Executive roles. The interview was conducted on December 13th 2007.
DS: So John, why have you chosen to make this move now?
JF: Well, it's all to do with the future. We've signed Russell on an extended contract which was a planned move. We knew he was the right man in the first place and the first 12 months have proved that. We've achieved so much in the last 10 years, but I'm getting older and there is a hell of a job to do here still. It is time to move that plan on. We're looking to maintain our league status and in order to do that and before we talk about promotion in our league, we have to get the facilities right - the infrastructure, the training grounds, the young player development and all other aspects of the club. We've done a remarkable job to date, but if we want to stay and maintain progress then certain things had got to be done. That is what we are looking at. The idea is to make change, to relieve me from certain responsibilities on a day-to-day basis. I just haven't got the time to do all the work here and I need to concentrate on certain factors, particularly the stadium development. That is really taking up a lot of my time now.
On some days or even some weeks, as Russell Slade knows, he has got a job to do and I've got a job to do and sometimes he is at the training ground up the road. But we try and meet as much as we possibly can. The person I have brought in has got a background in understanding football clubs. He's not just got a background in being a Chief Executive in another business or industry. He knows football and he's been there at another football club and he's even been here before carrying out those sort of responsibilities and I think he is the man for the job to work with Russell and the staff here.
DS: You're continuing as Chairman. Describe briefly how you are going to split up the two roles with you as Chairman, in terms of what you won't be doing any more and what you're going to carry on doing.
JF: I think the Chairman tends to be the figurehead. I shall be carrying on with a major part of the responsibilities, which is the development of the stadium. I shall not be disappearing completely from that particular role - it is just being split between the football side and the stadium side. I shall still be very much involved on the football side because Russell will report directly to myself and the board in my position as Chairman. But for the day-to-day and week-to-week things, the Chief Executive will implement the policies of the board, whereas the board and the Chairman will make those policies. I've been involved here to keep the costs down and I am used to that because I am hands-on. I've done that all my life and I've taken on more than I can cope with.
The club has become well known during the time that I have been here, as far as the Football League is concerned and within football. The Chairman represents the club at Chairmens' meetings and League meetings and other football meetings within the business community and within the town. It is a slightly different role and it is not so hands on and it is not about the implementation of policies. So the Chief Executive is going to have a busy job to do on the football side. Hopefully by the summer, I will have achieved what I have set out to do and he will get more involved on that side as well. One of the problems here is that I've given too much work for individuals to do and we've never been able to complete the exercises. I'm hoping that by being more selective in what we do, the person concerned can get the job done.
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