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26 June 2019 : Third Summer Signing Unveiled As Collins Moves South
Yeovil Town have brought in their third signing of the summer. Manager Darren Sarll has recruited 30 year old defender Lee Collins who was last on the books of Forest Green Rovers. He is a former Port Vale, Northampton Town and Mansfield Town player who has spent the last two years at the New Lawn. Collins has been given a two year contract at Huish Park.

Born in Telford on September 28th 1988, he is a former Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy graduate, who didn't get as far as their first team, but whilst he was a professional at Molineux he made 20 appearances during the 2007-08 season as part of a Hereford United loan spell whilst they were a League Two team.

His main career in football came via four seasons with Port Vale where he made 163 appearances, scoring four times whilst the Valiants were also in League Two. He picked up Chairman's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards during the 2009-10 season there. That led to Barnsley taking him on in March 2012, initially on loan, but with a £50,000 permanent transfer agreed. There he wasn't a great success, with the Tykes playing in the Championship, but he did clock up seven appearances for them during his time.

In February 2013, he decided to move on and sign for Northampton Town, where he spent just over three seasons, with the initial couple of months in League Two before the Cobblers' relegation. There he made 86 appearances, scoring one goal. He then signed for Mansfield Town in June 2015, completing two seasons with them and once again a regular in their side making 82 appearances.

Collins then joined Forest Green as one of their earliest signings upon entering the Football League. He made 64 appearances, scoring three goals with his one goal last season coming against Yeovil Town. However, during last season he made just 16 appearances, in part due to a long term injury, perhaps explaining why he's moved on.

He is able to play across the entire defence, but is generally recognised as a central defender. Northampton Town also saw him as a left-back. Manager Darren Sarll said of his arrival:

"Lee is a winner and his experience and leadership will make him a big part of this squad. He's yet another player who arrives having been part of a team that reached the play-offs last season and has all of the attributes we're going to need to be a success in this division."

The Glovers have also brought in central defender Luke Wilkinson from Stevenage and striker Rhys Murphy from Chelmsford City since Sarll's appointment as manager last week.

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26 June 2019 : Warren Leaves Huish Park After Contract Cut Short.
Yeovil Town defender Gary Warren has left the club by mutual consent. The centre back had made 28 appearances for the Glovers during the 2018-19 season but had suffered a series of minor injuries that interrupted his place in the aide.

Often taking the captain's armband, Gary was part of the team that kept six clean sheets in a row during the early part of the season, but his season was ended early due to injury and the club have now agreed to bring his two year contract to an end a year early. The best of luck to Gary for the future.

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26 June 2019 : Academy Pair Sign Professional Contracts
Yeovil Town have confirmed that Academy graduates Alex John and Nestor Shako have signed the contracts that were on offer to them at the end of last season. Central midfielder John has signed a two year deal, after being on the first team teamsheet on two separate occasions during Neale Marmon's Caretaker spell at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Meanwhile attacking midfielder Shako, who plays generally on the wing or behind the front strikers, has penned a six month contract with the club. The pair will be part of four eighteen year olds on professional contracts for the 2019-20 season, with Gabriel Rogers and Daniel Ojo having put pen to paper midway through the 2018-19 campaign. All four will now begin the coming season as fully professional players, having completed their Academy Scholarships.

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26 June 2019 : Yeovil Town Make 28 Goal Striker Their Second Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have completed their second signing of the summer. They have brought in 28 year old former Arsenal, Dagenham and Redbridge, Oldham Athletic and Forest Green Rovers striker Rhys Murphy, who was last on the books of National League South side Chelmsford City, scoring 28 goals in 43 appearances for them during the 2018-19 season.

Born in Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex on November 6th 1990, he was a former Wimbledon and Arsenal Academy player as a teenager. The Gunners thought enough of him to give him a professional contract with the club in July 2008, and was part of their 2008-09 Under-18s side that won the Premier Academy League and FA Youth Cup. He didn't make it as far as their first team, but clocked up a six game loan spell with Brentford and a further five game spell with Preston North End.

When Arsenal released him in June 2012, he moved to Dutch Second Division side Telstar, spending a year with them and scoring seven goals in 30 appearances. He then moved to Dagenham and Redbridge for the 2013-14 season, spending a year-and-a-half at Victoria Road playing at League Two level, where he netted 14 times in 46 appearances. That alerted League One side Oldham Athletic, who signed him during the January 2015, playing under Lee Johnson. There he wasn't a big success, playing just 25 times and scoring three goals, and ultimately being shipped out on loan to Crawley Town (16 appearances, 9 goals) and AFC Wimbledon (7 appearances, 1 goal) perhaps suggesting that third tier football was a step too high for him at that time. His spell with Wimbledon made him a brief part of their 2015-16 League Two Play-Offs winning side, although he didn't play in the final stages.

Murphy chose to move into National League football in the summer of 2016, signing for Forest Green Rovers for a nominal fee. There he was a minor part of their promotion-winning squad, scoring 7 goals in 17 appearances, albeit that he wass out on loan at the time at the time they went up. Their promotion into the Football League saw him drop down the pecking order, and that saw him take in spells with York City (6 appearances, 2 goals), Crawley Town (15 appearances, 1 goal), Torquay United (9 appearances, 1 goal) as he hopped between National League and League Two.

During the second half of the 2017-18 season, Murphy had a strange single game spell with League One side Gillingham, who signed him on a short term contract. That led to him signing for National League South side Chelmsford City, where his career took off rather radically, scoring 28 goals for them across 43 appearances, including 25 goals in the league as the Essex side reached the divisional play-offs. Chelmsford released him at the end of last season, although presumably with them recognising that he was going to go off to a higher division club. On his way out he won their Player Of The Season, Players' Player Of The Season and Away Player of the Year Awards.

Rhys has now signed a two year contract with Yeovil Town, that will keep him on the club's books until the summer of 2020. Manager Darren Sarll said of the deal:

"Rhys had a very successful season last season and arrives with that hunger to do the same again. He's a fantastic finisher and will add that out-and-out goal threat to our squad and I'm looking forward to working with him. This club hasn't had a 20 or 30 goal striker since the days of Paddy Madden, so I’m delighted to bring Rhys in as our new number nine."

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26 June 2019 : Tom James Transfer To Hibs Is Confirmed
The departure of defender Tom James can now be confirmed. The 23 year old had been on the club's books for two-and-a-half years, but has now left for Scottish Premiership side Hibernian where he's signed a three year contract, keeping him at Easter Road until June 2022. The transfer fee is undisclosed. Sky Sports have claimed the deal "includes several nominal fees depending on his performances".

Rumours that James was on his way up to Scotland circulated last Friday and escalated when he was spotted at a Testimonial Dinner in Edinburgh on Sunday night. Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom has said of the deal:

"We're really pleased to have Tom on board. He's a highly-rated young player who can operate in a number of positions, which is obviously advantageous when we want to run with a smaller group. I know Tom well and we have seen him play many times. I'm delighted he has bought into what we want to achieve here because he had a lot of other offers. Tom has good quality, is composed on the ball and has a great attitude to improve. We look forward to working with him."

The former Cardiff City Academy player made 96 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals. Having mainly occupied a right-back position during that time, the club will need to recruit in that area, although the big loss will be his versatility, with him having occupied centre-back, left-back and defensive midfielder positions at various points during that time. Tom has said of his arrival in Scotland:

"The gaffer's presentation was very detailed which, straight away, showed how keen he was on me. As a footballer that's what you want. You want the manager to be on your side from the start and I feel like he definitely is. I want to repay him for that. I think he wants me to be a full-back who gets forward, creates chances for others and a few for myself. First and foremost, my job is to defend but I do like to get up and down the flank for the full game, though I did play all the way across the back four last season and occasionally in the centre of midfield. It was definitely the gaffer who swung it for me. He showed how much he wanted me with the detail he went into and the way he spoke about how he wants to improve me and the club in general. That was the biggest pull."

Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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26 June 2019 : Glovers Trust Views On A Meeting With Yeovil Town's Prospective Owner
Glovers Trust Chairman Stuart Burrell has provided views on a meeting he attended on Monday afternoon, with one of the prospective owners of the club. The club confirmed yesterday that Scott Priestnall - who was at the meeting - and Errol Pope are the two people behind the takeover discussions that have been in talks with current owner Norman Hayward.

Last week, the Trust wrote to the National League expressing concern about Yeovil Town's takeover attempts in 2019, and the direction of travel the club is heading in. As a result, Priestnall approached the Trust, and asked for a meeting which was attended alongside Supporters Alliance Chairman Rich Rendell. Stuart's views on that meeting are as follows:

"I appreciate that the statement from YTFC provided a level of detail about the identity of the prospective new owners of the Football Club but also left a number of questions unanswered. I therefore wanted to provide some background as to how the meeting came about, details from the meeting itself and, to advise of some actions that we as a Trust Board are following up as a result.

"I received an email over the weekend from Scott Priestnall as a result of the letter that we wrote to the National League last week. He introduced himself and expressed a desire to meet up so that we could discuss some of the concerns that the Trust had raised. He also wished it to remain confidential due to the sensitivity of the ongoing discussions at the time, which the Trust Board respected ahead of the discussion. The meeting was eventually arranged and coordinated via YTFC and took place on Monday at 3.00pm, involving David Mills, Scott Priestnall, Rich Rendell and myself. Towards the end of the meeting Darren Sarll also joined those present.

"Scott started by explaining that the he had expressed a desire to keep the names out of the initial announcement as he wanted things to progress further before doing so in order to try and avoid a situation whereby people know who it is and the deal falls through, citing the Rob Couhig/Mark Palmer experience as an example. He had been in meetings with John Fry and Norman Hayward for most of the afternoon and informed us that discussions were progressing well. He advised that he completed his due diligence and is comfortable with details, it is just now in the hands of solicitors. He felt that all being well, the deal could be concluded as early as two weeks from now. The paperwork for the Owners and Directors Test has been submitted and they are waiting for feedback. He said that Darren Sarll was very much ‘his man’ and that the prospective owners played a significant part in bringing him to the Football Club as Manager.

"I asked 'why Yeovil'? He explained that he had an affection for the area and had been exploring the possibility of owning a football club for around a year. He has known Norman Hayward for around two years and has been watching the developments at Yeovil Town. He has been running and growing businesses for a number of years and feels that there is a lot of potential being the largest football club in Somerset. I asked about the structure of the consortium to which he replied that it wasn't really a consortium in the traditional sense, advising that Errol Pope is the main backer and that Errol had shared his interest in owning a club with potential. No other names were mentioned.

"Both Rich and I highlighted the issues with transparency and engagement that we have suffered for a number of years, citing lack of media interviews, Alliance Group attendance etc. We also highlighted that whilst the managerial appointment had ticked a box for a number of supporters, there were many others who were holding back due to confirmation on the ownership. Collectively we agreed that the Season Ticket discount cut-off date should be pushed back further and David Mills took an action to follow this up. Scott advised that he was more than willing to engage and suggested that he would be open to participating in the Alliance Meetings once things have settled down.

"Darren Sarll then made an appearance and spent 10 minutes or so chatting about his background and that it was the prospective new ownership that brought him in and his belief in them to take the Club forward. He had the players in for training so that he can assess them and continue his task of rebuilding the playing squad.

"Darren then left and we talked about what we could communicate. We agreed that David would draft a statement announcing Scott and Errol and that Rich and I had met with him as soon as possible.

"And that was it – the discussions lasted around 45 minutes in total and then Scott was off to his next meeting! There were some further questions that I wanted to ask such as investment and the possibility of a Trust shareholding, and the Boardroom structure but it didn’t seem the appropriate time. I also recognise that that whilst Jed McCrory's name was not mentioned, there was no explicit confirmation as to his involvement. I have since followed this up with an email to Scott and am calling him today to look to cover off these points. We have also got the name of a contact at Worcester Warriors to discuss their experiences but the contact is currently away so we can't follow this up until Monday at the earliest.

"I will endeavour to feed back further information as I get it and we as a Trust Board are meeting tonight for our monthly meeting so we will certainly discuss further and communicate as appropriate.

"I think it's also important that we look to build up the Trust membership as much as possible to strengthen the voice of the fans as we will hopefully have the opportunity for fresh engagement. We as a Board will continue to bang the drum but if you as members can help too that would be much appreciated."

[From Stuart Burrell, Chairman, Glovers Trust.]

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25 June 2019 : Who Are Scott Priestnall and Errol Pope? A Guide To The Prospective Owners
On Tuesday evening, Yeovil Town very quietly named Scott Priestnall and Errol Pope as the club's two prosective owners. Whilst their names hadn't formally been on the rumourmill, the eagle-eyed would have noted that both got a mention in last Wednesday's article concerning former Swindon Town owner Jed McCrory. The three of them were the business partners who purchased Worcester Warriors rugby union club back in October 2018, with former Saracens and Sale Sharks player David Seymour added to their group for business expertise.

In the club's statement issued having denied he has any involvement in the club, meaning that for now at least, the former Worcester Warriors consortium is a duo.

Priestnall is a 38 year old London-based businessman who has had a range of jobs, particularly in Marketing, with the Hotel, Bars and Drinks sector figuring highly. Over the last four years he's run his own company, under the name of the Scott Priestnall Group, which runs five tea shops in London along with a small cinema and cafe. He also states he runs a range of financial services for the Sports and Leisure industry. Rather handily, Scott's website contains a full biography which read as follows:

"After starting out working within his family’s Automotive business in Derbyshire, Scott moved into Marketing with the Daily Mail Group and then the Leisure Industry as a Brand Manager working with the likes of Sony Music, EMI/Virgin, Universal, Global Brands and Diageo on building beneficial partnerships and joint-promotional activities to drive sales for all parties.

"After developing into one of late-night leisure most dynamic Marketing Directors, aged just 24, Scott became Managing Director of Eminence Leisure, a subsidiary company of Luminar Leisure Plc. Luminar who at the time were the largest ‘late-night’ leisure operator in Europe. Set up as an outsourced entertainment department, Scott was responsible for driving footfall and enhancing customer experience. During some of the most success years in Luminar’s history, Scott managed over £20 million annual spend, introduced industry-changing technology systems, worked with over 1000 artistes and developed a team of professionals that went on to become star talents within the industry.

"When the financial crisis of 2007-2008 hit, Scott realised that technology, social and digital marketing would become key within marketing communications and understanding consumer trends and moved back into Marketing to help a middle-eastern digital expert expand its business into the UK. Setting up a London office, Scott quickly realised that big brand operators were very open to moving resources into the social space but didn’t know how to do it. Over the next year, Scott led a new UK team to secure lucrative contracts with ESPN, who had just secured the Premier League Football broadcast rights, Carpetright to assist with their company rebrand and a number of leisure operator.

"As a specialist in social media and digital marketing, Scott embarked on a new venture to go back into a leading Leisure operator to help redefine and restructure its offerings to its customers. After just 6-months of joining the creative and ambitious but struggling Yellowhammer Bars to launch new venue brands, Scott got head hunted to join US hospitality and technology giant Micros, to help them bring operational experience and excellence to their Sport and Leisure department.

"As a marketer specialising in Social and Digital Marketing, that was now being armed with best in industry hospitality service excellences and comprehensive understanding of how technology improves service capabilities at all levels, Scott decided it was time to buy and operate his own Leisure business and so raised investment to buy his previous employer, Yellowhammer Bars.

"Leading a new management team, Scott took on the struggling array of creative leisure brands and built a strategy to drive sales through creative marketing, developing service excellence and put technology and understanding the customer at the heart of the business to deliver extraordinary results in a very short period of time.

"Since then Scott has consulted with a number of businesses in the UK, US and other countries including Australia and India in number of environments including Bars, Cafe’s, Charity Fundraising, Sport including Football, Restaurants and Financial services as well as finding time to create, launch and expand his own Cafe, Deli and Wine Bar concept

One company omitted from Priestnall's above personal career profile was his 2016 involvement with Pell and Bales. He was appointed a Director of the telephone fundraising company in June 2016, following a takeover, but the company went into liquidation just two months later after its shareholders, which included Panther Financial Management, which Priestnall was also on the Board of, appointed a liquidator. The company had been used as a vehicle for Cancer Research and the Red Cross, but collapsed owing more than half a million.

Priestnall also had two other connections with Jed McCrory prior to the pair getting involved in Worcester Warriors. The pair were both Directors at Southwick Group Limited (now known as Trentham Management Solutions) and Southwick 1973 Limited (now known as Liveridge Consultants Limited). For both companies the pair became Directors on June 29th 2017, with both resigning their positions on March 1st 2019, with both having an identical short break in the middle of that period during October 2018. Both companies are listed as providing office administrative services out of Orpington in Kent.

When Errol Pope was unveiled as being part of the consortium that bought Worcester Warriors, he was identified as the 'money man' involved with the consortium, with the remit that McCrory would act as the front line Executive running the club on a day-to-day basis. Pope is 52 years old and appears to be London-based. He is named as a specialist in property and commodity trading, and so fits into the world of London city stockbroking. Up until recently he was a partner in Brooks Pope and Company, which was based in Croydon, but is now currently going through a process of liquidation. His profile from that website said:

"Errol Pope boasts an entire working life in the financial sector: residential and commercial finance. The corporation board benefits enormously from his commercial finance connections world-wide. To compliment such experience is his expertise in the domain of banking instruments, Letter of Credits, Bank Guarantees, Standby Letter of credits – within which he too, avowals his vast knowledge in such operations."

He is also listed as the CEO of TreadGold Holdings, alongside Gail Brooks (who he partnered with in Brooks Pope). They are listed as a German-based investment company, who deal with stockmarket trading investments in the area of metal, commodities and land/property. Prior to his involvement in Worcester Warriors, Pope had not had any visible involvement in the sports or leisure industry.

When Priestnall and Pope took over Worcester Warriors, they were named as part of the four man takeover, but in terms of profile beyond October 2018, they were not seen, with McCrory taking the limelight. It's therefore hard to judge what effect they had on the rugby union side. By December 2018, it wasn't clear how much involvement the original quartet had, given that Morecambe FC owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham arrived as fresh investors. As the front man, McCrory continued his involvement until June 12th 2019, but when his departure was announced, just eight months after his arrival, the names of Priestnall and Pope were not mentioned. As far as is possible to tell, none of them joined the Worcester board at Companies House level, nor involved themselves at an Executive level, leaving an obvious question of who will run Yeovil Town FC if/when they assume control of the club.

NOTE: The above mini biographies of Priestnall and Pope that are quoted from their own websites will clearly have been written by themselves or by friendly associates, for the purposes of promoting their own business profiles. Thus it's worth bearing in mind that those viewpoints will have the perspective of a job applicant's CV - they'll be bigging up their achievements, and not disclosing any weaknesses or failures. They should be read with that in mind.

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25 June 2019 : Yeovil Town Reveal Identity Of Prospective New Owners
Yeovil Town have divulged the name of their prospective owners. They are Scott Priestnall and Errol Pope, who were part of a consortium that recently sold Worcester Warriors rugby club, as part of a partnership that included former Swindon Town owner Jed McCrory. The front man in that consortium - McCrory - doesn't get a mention in the club's statement, but they confirm the identity of both Priestnall and Pope, who is a property and commodity trader that we mentioned in this site's article on McCrory, published last week.

The club's statement on a meeting Priestnall held with the Glovers Trust and the Chairman of the Supporters Alliance Rich Rendall says the following:

"The incoming new owners of Yeovil Town have made a flying start to their plans for the club with a very positive day at Huish Park, including meetings with the YTFC Board and key fan representatives. Scott Priestnall met the YTFC Board on behalf of himself and Errol Pope, followed by an informal meeting with Supporters Alliance Chairman Rich Rendell and Chairman of the Glovers Trust Stuart Burrell, with new Manager Darren Sarll and Chief Operating Officer David Mills also being present.

As part of a very positive and open meeting, Mr Priestnall said the new ownership aimed to build a winning team under Darren Sarll and that fan relations would be a key focus off the field. Mr Priestnall also said he would be attending a Supporters Alliance meeting when all formalities were complete. For their part, Mr Rendell and Mr Burrell both underlined the potential of the club and that they strongly believed fans would return in numbers if there was a winning team on the field complemented by a proactive and transparent approach off the field.

Commenting YTFC Chairman John Fry said: "Scott made a very positive impact today. It is hoped that all formalities will be completed within the next two or three weeks, but in the interim, the new owners will work with the current YTFC Board to ensure a smooth handover

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25 June 2019 : Fisher Stays In West Country With Grecians Move
League Two side Exeter City have signed up former Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher. The 28 year old has penned a contract as a free agent, thus keeping him in the Football League. At present no contract length has been revealed. Fisher has revealed that he had a trial with the Grecians a couple of years ago, under Paul Tisdale's management in the summer of 2015, but nothing came of it. He knows the West Country well, having also played for Torquay United during the first half of the 2015-16 season before his move to Scotland. He therefore has said that it is a club he is familiar with:

"I'm absolutely delighted, I spoke to the gaffer last week and I was really happy to get this one over the line. St James Park is the ground where I made my first ever professional start, so I’ve got memories of the stadium. I played last year when the new stand was finished, and it really added a new dimension. Playing down towards the Big Bank is a really formidable place to play against, so being able to shoot towards it for the club will be a real motivation for me."

Fisher finished the 2018-19 season with Yeovil Town as their top goalscorer, albeit with only eight goals to his name. Overall he netted 14 times in 62 appearances since his arrival at Huish Park in January 2018. The best of luck to him in the future.

Link: Alex Fisher : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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25 June 2019 : Sarll Believes Acceptance Of Non-League Status Will Help Glovers Recovery
New Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll has given some of his early views on club management as he begins his tenure ahead of pre-season. The new boss has already called in the minimal squad he has on his books to meet them today, following his appointment last week that at least set some direction for the 2019-20 season.

One of the points that Sarll made in his first interview was the need for players and fans to realise that they were playing in the National League. In a weekend interview with the Non-League Paper he expanded on that and explained that his perception was that sometimes teams relegated from the Football League sometimes came into that division with the wrong sort of attitude, believing they didn't belong there. He said it was important to set that straight early on:

"What I have seen from afar with other clubs is that they have taken too long to accept they are in Non-League. The character, the personality of the team, the manager, the board, the supporters will have to be right. The key is to attract players with the right personality - they don't accept losing, they don't understand how people can live with it. They have the drive and desire to be a winner."

Sarll's first external recruit has been former Stevenage defender Luke Wilkinson, who spent the bulk of his time at Broadhall Way working under Sarll, having been one of Teddy Sheringham's final signings. However, he implied that Glovers fans might need to be a bit patient in terms of who else he brought in, saying that although he was looking at a compressed timeframe before the 2019-20 season starts, he'd rather get those key recruitment decisions right:

"I don't want to make bad decisions quickly. I would rather take my time and make good decisions. If we do that we will get a good product on the pitch. We need to make good decisions on players' abilities and see who we can attract within our financial constraints. We have to accept there's a natural expectation for us to be one of the top teams, and I have an expectation we will be one of the best teams. We have got an infrastructure, stadium and fan base that can drive to the Football League and up the Pyramid."

He also touched on a few other issues he has to contend with, the most major of which is the club's impending ownership takeover. Perhaps mindful that he could still end up working for either the current owners or the potential future owners, he said the task both faced was a hard one:

"In any walk of life, not knowing is one of the worst things. People have to empathise with the current owners because it's a big job to sell a club, amd with the new owners because it's harder to buy a club."

Whilst at Stevenage in his first front line job, Sarll worked under Glenn Roeder, who had been brought in shortly after Sarll's elevation to first team manager as a Football Advisor - a position he held until the manager moved on. At Yeovil, it's more likely that Sarll's first job will be to build a new backroom team underneath him, rather than rely upon someone above him. He admits that is a challenge, but says that knowledge from working with Roeder has helped him:

"Challenges are what I have always had and I pride myself on taking on. I was lucky at Stevenage in that I had a wonderful mentor in Glenn Roeder and I learned so much on the job - all that experience has been banked."

It's not clear if the Non-League Paper directly asked Sarll a question regarding the way he left a Head Of Academy post at Premier League side Watford earlier this year. However, they attribute a quote in connection with that exit, with Sarll believing that he had a consistent attitude with all young players:

"All I have ever done in working with young players is try to treat them in the same way as bringing my son up - with respect, hard work."

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24 June 2019 : James Spotted At Testimonial Dinner In Scotland
Yeovil Town defender Tom James is almost certain to have his departure from Huish Park confirmed within the next 24 hours. The 23 year old was linked with Scottish Premiership side Hibernian last Friday, but was spotted in Edinburgh on Sunday evening.

James was seen by Hibernian fans present at a Testimonial Dinner for long serving defender Paul Hanlon, which was held at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange on Sunday night, with Sky Sports News also picking up on his presence, with him sat with the Hibernian first team squad. That would suggest that bar technicalities such as perhaps international clearance or paperwork, that his move to Scotland has been rubberstamped.

The former Cardiff City Academy player made 96 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals, since arriving at Huish Park in January 2017. He's been heavily linked with a move away from the club over the last 12 months, with a £450,000 deal last summer to join West Bromwich Albion collapsing at the last minute.

Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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23 June 2019 : Yeovil Town Advertise Replacement For Mike Micciche's Position
Yeovil Town have formally advertised a job vacancy at Huish Park in the wake of first team physio Mike Micciche's departure from the club. The club's main physio announced his departure on June 4th, leaving the club entirely without first team backroom staff for the 2019-20 season. Now new first team manager Darren Sarll has arrived at the club, they can begin to rebuild their dugout staff, and have gone to the open jobs market for those who are interested in applying. The club's high level job specification states:

"The candidate appointed will provide a range of physiotherapy services to the first team, including the assessment and diagnosis of injuries, plus arranging treatment and injury prevention programmes. The hours of work will be centred on training and match schedules, so evening/weekend working is required. The successful applicant will hold a Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy and be CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered. Experience in working with a professional sports team is also essential. A full person specification will be supplied to applicants."

Anyone interested in the position should contact Chief Operating Officer David Mills at or via post at:

Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF.

You will need to move quickly, as the closing date for applications is 5.00p.m. on Friday 28th June 2019 - i.e. six days time.

One curiousity worth noting is that when the club confirmed Micciche's departure later in the day on June 4th, they stated that "a successor [is] already identified to take on the role" - we gather this was going to be the club's Academy physio but that option has now been ruled out due to him being offered an alternative position at a higher level.

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23 June 2019 : Mugabi Gains Fifth Cap As Cranes End 41 Year AFCON Record
Outgoing Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi was yesterday part of a Uganda side that gained their first victory in an African Cup of Nations Finals match for 41 years. The Cranes had last won a match in the finals section of the tournament back in 1978, but picked up a 2-0 victory over DR Congo to put them on top of their group after one round of matches.

Goals from Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi early in the first half and second half respectively gave them victory, with the Cranes looking the most likely side to add to the goal tally. Uganda's next game is on Wednesday against Zimbabwe who lost 1-0 against Egypt on Saturday.

Bevis is still under contract at Yeovil Town until next Sunday, meaning that although he was released at the end of the 2018-19 season, this cap still counts as having been gained as a Glovers player. This was his fifth cap for his country, having played in two warm-up games just prior to the start of the AFCON tournament.

Whilst on Saturday, Mugabi played as a right-back, he was used as a centre-back in an experimental three-man defence in Uganda's 0-0 draw with Turkmenistan at the New York University Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 9th June, before playing in a 1-0 victory over the Ivory Coast also in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 15th June, which saw him playing as a right-back. During the Turkmenistan match, Mugabi was substituted after 67 minutes, but in the two games that followed he played a full 90 minutes for his country.

Uganda Cranes:
Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden)

Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), , Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda).

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22 June 2019 : Darren Sarll Talks About Becoming Yeovil Town's New Manager
This week saw former Stevenage first team manager Darren Sarll appointed as Yeovil Town's new first team manager. On his opening day in the job, he was interviewed by Yeovil Town press officer Alex O'Loughlin to discuss his feelings on getting the job and what the club needed to do to respond to last season's relegation. That interview can now be read in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll Speaks To Yeovil Town FC About His Appointment As Manager.

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21 June 2019 : Wilkinson Becomes First Sarll Signing
Yeovil Town have made their first signing of the summer under new first team manager Darren Sarll. They have brought in 28 year old defender Luke Wilkinson from Stevenage who has been on their books since January 2016 and so has worked under Sarll before. He is a former Portsmouth, Dagenham and Redbridge and Luton Town player who was born in Wells, Somerset and was originally on the books of Bristol City as an Academy player. He's been given a two year contract keeping him at the club until June 2021. He generally plays as a centre-back.

Born in Wells on September 29th 1990, he started his career with Bristol City and was with them up until Scholarship level. City released him at the age of 17 and he signed for Portsmouth for the 2009-10 season, playing for their Reserve Team. He was also loaned out to Northampton Town but failed to make an appearance - a later loan deal with Eastleigh saw him make six appearances, scoring one goal.

Wilkinson moved on in 2010 for a four year spell with Dagenham and Redbridge, who at that time were in League One. He enjoyed two loan spells with Boreham Wood during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season, making 53 appearances across both spells. Then he headed to Dartford for another loan spell when he was part of their side that won the Conference South Play-Off Final, making 18 appearances and scoring four goals for the Kent side.

In between those loans, Wilkinson was gradually clocking up appearances for the Daggers, and he made 71 appearances, scoring six times, picking up their Player Of The Season award for the 2012-13 campaign. In the summer of 2014 his former Dagenham boss John Still took him to Luton Town for an undisclosed fee, playing at League Two level for the Hatters.

On January 22nd 2016, Wilkinson was sold to Stevenage, initially on a short term contract, but his form was good enough to give him a new deal at Broadhall Way. He was brought in by Teddy Sheringham, but played almost all of his football under Sarll, due to Sheringham's sacking a week later. Under the new boss he played three and a half seasons at League Two level, making 119 appearances, scoring eight goals. He was released at the end of the 2018-19 season, allowing Sarll the chance to snap him up again. Yeovil's new boss said of his first signing:

"I'm delighted to be reacquainted with Luke, a player and person I know very well. He brings defensive qualities, experience and a physicality I feel we were lacking. Even better, Luke is a Somerset lad and he and his family want to return home and live in this part of the world. He’s bought into being part of this football club and will be a great addition to the squad."

Overall Wilkinson has made 339 first team appearances, scoring 30 goals with all bar 79 of those appearances coming at League One or League Two level. Our friends at the Stevenage fans site @Boro FC Central say of him:

"Very good signing. He's an old fashioned centre-back. Does those basics so well and he gives every bone in his body to the cause. Dominant in the air. No one and I mean no one is better than him at man marking. Goalscoring too. I'm suprised he's still not in League Two. Some wouldn't have released him."

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21 June 2019 : Burch Heads For Bees After Ladies Departure
Outgoing Yeovil Town Ladies manager Lee Burch is to take up a similar post with London Bees for the 2019-20 season. Having managed at FAWSL1 level for the 2018-19 season, Burch is to team up with the club that share Barnet's The Hive ground, following a year with the female Glovers. The lure for Burch will be that the Bees will be playing at Championship level, whilst Yeovil will be one division lower in the Women's National League, after their forced double relegation.

Speaking on Wednesday, Burch confirmed that he was leaving Yeovil Town Ladies. At that time, it was not clear that London Bees were his destination - he instead focussed upon his time in Somerset and thanked those who had made his stay an enjoyable one:

"I have officially left Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club. I wish to thank every staff member, player, board member, college staff and fan for their support throughout the season. I've felt nothing but support during my time and have enjoyed the opportunity to manage this excellent club. Although the circumstances at the end of the season were not what we wanted, I'm proud of the performances of everyone in what was a challenging season on and off the field. I believe the club is in good hands going forward and I will now be a supporter of YTLFC and hope they get back to where they deserve to be. Thank you to everyone again."

At present, Yeovil Town Ladies haven't given an indication of their direction following Burch's departure but club owner Steve Allinson praised Burch for his commitment during the last season:

"I know that I speak for all involved with Yeovil Town Ladies in thanking Lee for his commitment and hard work over the last season. He always remained positive even through the difficult times and all fans enjoyed the style of football that he tried to play. We wish him well in his future career."

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21 June 2019 : Tom James Linked With Scottish Premiership Side
A Scottish newspaper is claiming that Yeovil Town are 'on the brink' of selling defender Tom James to Scottish Premiership side Hibernian. The Scottish Sun report does not contain any quotes or sources for this information but report that Hibs are 'close to sealing a deal' for the 23 year old, almost a year after he nearly departed the club for West Bromwich Albion for a £450,000 fee.

Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom would be familiar with Yeovil Town given he was the man who signed Ryan Hedges for his old club Barnsley whilst the winger was on loan from Swansea City. At present there are no other reports connecting James with the move, although with the club's fall into the National League, and the problems in securing a change of ownership, the fear was that the club might lose a couple of players over the summer.

It's doubtful if James would command the sort of fee that West Bromwich Albion were prepared to pay, given that he is closer to running to the end of his Yeovil Town contract. The club had initially disclosed that James had a contract that ran until June 2019, but he was named on the club's retained list as still being under contract, with BBC local radio journalists believing his deal actually ran until June 2020. Assuming that is true, the 2019-20 season would be his last one before he turns 24 years old, which would enable him to leave on a free transfer once that runs out.

So far James has made 96 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals, having arrived from Cardiff City during January 2017. He's mainly occupied the right-back slot, although has also made appearances as a centre-back, left-back and holding midfielder as he has been swapped around the pitch to cover for holes and formation changes during the season.

At present this is only one rumour from a single tabloid paper, and so should be treated with some caution.

Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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20 June 2019 : McCrory Contacts Glovers Fan Claiming He's Not Buying The Football Club
Former Swindon Town owner Jed McCrory has denied that he is part of a group purchasing Yeovil Town FC. The current Stratford Town owner, who was until earlier this month part of the set-up at Worcester Warriors Rugby Union club, has taken to Facebook to reply to one Glovers fan about the media reports linking him with the Huish Park ownership.

McCrory contacted the Glovers fan following saying with some sarcasm:

"I have been informed you would like to talk to me ref my atrocious record. I would be delighted to talk about my record with you, so please let me no (know) when you are available."

In a later reply, McCrory says:

"I'm not buying you're (your) football club. I have my own money but thanks for being concerned about me."

Another reply in the conversation says:

"Social media is full of people that write opinions, not facts. No club has ever gone pop under my remit ... The problem is you read social media and have an opinion without asking the person in kind. Therefore an opinion you take that isn't fact you spread and people that no (know) you start to believe ... You need to ask (journalist) Chris Spittles ... And you would be lucky to have me at Yeovil ... All the best next season, I truly would like Yeovil to get promoted next season ... all the best to you pal."

Despite some appalling grammar, the account appears to be genuine. McCrory's Facebook name of "GM McCrory" represents his full legal name of Gerard Martin McCrory. His timeline includes a December 2016 post relating to an FA Cup Second Round match between Luton Town and Solihull Moors - at that time a club he was a Director at. The account is also friends with a BBC Points West presenter that would have been working for the BBC around the time that McCrory was Swindon Town's owner.

This afternoon, we have also heard from an entirely different source, that McCrory is denying being the selected bidder that the club stated had been given preferred status last Friday. His denial would therefore cast doubt on Tuesday night's reports that he was part of the chosen consortium, giving a potential plot twist in terms of who will be buying the shares currently registered to Norman Hayward and John Fry under the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited company that is used to represent the ownership of the Yeovil Town FC companies.

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20 June 2019 : Sarll Believes Yeovil Town Needs A New Mentality Shift To Turnaround Fortunes
New Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll has said that the club needs a new mentality shift across all areas if it is to turn itself around, after relegation from the Football League. Having been unveiled as the club's manager yesterday, the former Stevenage boss has given some of his first thoughts in a club video where he has admitted that he is inheriting a team that has had a losing mentality over the last three years.

With the Glovers ending their sixteen year stay in the Football League at the end of the 2018-19 season, they need to ensure that their relegation into the National League is the last of three drops in five years. Sarll admitted the whole extended interview process, which is believed to have included talks with both current and future ownership structures, had been a thorough one, but now he had got here he hoped to get going, revealing that he has asked the current crop of contracted players to report to him on Monday:

"It's been a long time coming and it's been a very thorough process for myself, and a thorough process acted out by the club. It's an exciting day. I always thought this was a really smashing club and a really big club. I'm very proud and honoured to be chosen in leading it on its next journey. I think obviously with the timing, we're quite late in the day, with how long, how thorough and how detailed the process was from a candidate's point of view. But obviously I'm really pleased to be here, and Monday can't come quick enough."

Sarll arrives in a tricky situation, with there only being just over a week before pre-season training traditionally begins for most football clubs. With no backroom team to support him, and with only ten players certain to be contracted to the club for the 2019-20 season, he is significantly behind most other National League clubs. He admitted that May and June were normally that time when a lot of decisions were made and that the club would need to fasttrack some of those, but warned they still needed to be 'good' decisions rather than 'bad' ones:

"Obviously you do a lot of your recruitment in this time and you do a lot of your due diligence of the people you want to bring to your football club and the reason for why they can come and how they can get here. Obviously we're going to have to fasttrack that and we're going to have to make some big decisions and key decisions - not quickly and not naively but correctly. We still need to do that. I still think there will be a process and a period of time before we can start unveiling new players and making good decisions. Building football clubs is fairly simple in the bare nuts and bolts of it in that you've got to make really good decisions around players and people. If you make more good decisions than bad, then you usually end up with a successful team. Unfortunately if we make poor decisions, then being honest we end up with a bad team representing what is a smashing football club."

Sarll warned that there would need to be recognition amongst players and those associated with the club of what challenges the National League presented, and in terms of what himself and the potential new ownership were inheriting in terms of problems. However, he said that the club needed to restore a winning mentality to Huish Park. He believed there was room for himself to make the changes and additions that he needed to make for the 2019-20 season:

"There's room. We've got to work within a tight financial constraint. I'm well aware of that. That will never be used as an excuse. We need players who are ready to come here and play. We do need a massive mentality shift here. We don't just need a mentality shift in the changing room, we need a mentality shift in the Boardroom and we need a mentality shift in the Stands. There's only one way to get out of this situation and that is to fight. We'd all love it to be back in the Football League, but all need to understand the nature of what we are, and what the potential new owners are inheriting. We're inheriting a team that has lost largely over the last two or three years. To swing that mentality around into a winning mentality is going to need a real dose and injection of personality, courage and determination. We're going to need some really strong leaders and characters."

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20 June 2019 : Ian MacFarlane RIP 1933-2019
Former Yeovil Town manager Ian MacFarlane has passed away at the age of 86 years old. He was briefly the club's manager in 1984, towards the end of a career that had seen him take in Carlisle United, Middlesbrough, Manchester City, Leicester City before coming to Huish for the start of the 1984-85 season. He later went on to take roles at Burnley and Leeds United.

Born in Lanark in Scotland on January 26th 1933, he had a relatively average career as a full-back playing for Aberdeen, Chelsea and Leicester City between 1955 and 1959, clocking up just over 50 first team appearances for those clubs. The bulk of his playing career came at Bath City where he made over 300 appearances.

He first came to light as a manager at Carlisle United, taking charge over an 18 month period although being influential enough to give them John Gorman and Stan Bowles as players. He then went on to hold assistant manager positions at Middlesbrough, Manchester City (which included being part of their staff when they won the League Cup in 1976) and Sunderland. At the latter he was their Caretaker Manager for seven matches.

He then moved to Leicester City in 1977, working under Frank McLintock. His boss left the club in 1978 with them on their way to relegation to the Second Division, and McFarlane took over as Caretaker Manager for the final five games on the 1977-78 season. He then reverted to his assistant manager's role under Jock Wallace, being part of the team that gave Leicester the Second Division title in the 1979-80 season. During that time he coached a number of Leicester's younger players, including a teenage Gary Lineker. He left the Foxes in 1982.

During the summer of 1984, McFarlane was appointed as Yeovil Town's first team manager. At the time, the club was in turmoil, struggling near the bottom of what is now the National League, and running through a string of managers including the brief return of Mike Hughes, and half-season spells for Trevor Finnigan and Steve Coles. He was on a shortlist of three managers, but Graham Carr failed to turn up for his interview which left a run-off between him and Gerry Gow.

McFarlane got the nod and caused an immediate shock when he decided to fire fellow Scot Maurice O'Donnell, who had at that time been at the club for two separate spells since 1958. He was to only sign one player - Shaun Wolff from Shepton Mallet Town, despite the club having only been saved from relegation at the end of the 1983-84 season by virtue of the Isthmian League being unable to put any clubs up for promotion over the summer.

His management record with the Glovers was not to be a good one. He lost the opening four matches of the 1984-85 season, and then on August 29th 1984 he quit the club, having been offered a coaching role at Burnley, thus bringing to an end a management spell that lasted exactly three months, but took in just four matches. The club then called up Gerry Gow again, to provide rather more stability than had been seen at Huish during that turbulent period.

Aside from his period at Burnley, McFarlane went on to become Chief Scout at Leeds United, which appears to have been his last role in football, with him spending much of his latter life as a spectator back at Leicester City. He passed away on Monday 17th June 2019.

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19 June 2019 : Rutter Teams Up With Anastasiou For Fourth Time As He Leaves Luton
Former Yeovil Town manager, defender and Academy Coach Steve Rutter has left Luton Town for a job in Greece. The 56 year old had been at Kenilworth Road since October 2018, when another former Glover Nathan Jones brought him into the club, shortly after Rutter had left his Academy Head Of Coaching role at Huish Park. Jones departed for Stoke City, but Rutter did not follow him, working under Mick Harford as his assistant manager, as the Hatters won promotion to the Championship.

Rutter had a chance to extend his stay this summer under new boss Graeme Jones, but he has taken an opportunity to reunite with his old boss Giannis Anastasiou, who he has worked with at three different clubs that has seen him part of the management teams at Greek side Panathinaikos, Dutch side Roda JC Kerkrad and more recently Belgian First Division team KV Kortrijk.

He's now teamed up with Anastasiou at Greek side Atromitos, who will play in the 2019-20 season Europa League, as well as the Greek Super League. In a statement, Luton confirmed that they had offered Rutter a role in their new management set-up for the forthcoming season, but he had chosen not to take it. They praised him for being part of the management team that went through a lengthy unbeaten run spanning Nathan Jones and Mick Harford's management, with the change of first team management causing zero disruption to their season:

"Steve was made an offer to stay as part of new manager Graeme Jones' staff, but expressed a desire to work abroad again and has opted to rejoin his former Panathinaikos boss Giannis Anastasiou at the Athens club, who have qualified for the Europa League. While naturally disappointed to see him depart, we would like to thank Steve immensely for his valuable contribution to the record-breaking 28-game unbeaten run that helped the Town win promotion as League One champions after joining the club last October, a period in which we suffered just three defeats. All at LTFC wish Steve every success for the rest of his career and look forward to seeing him back at Kenilworth Road for a visit whenever the opportunity arises."

Rutter's friendship with Anastasiou came whilst he was working for the Football Association as a coach educator, coaching him through his UEFA B and A Licence courses, as well as part of his Pro Licence. Rutter was also the man who helped Nathan Jones get his coaching badges, across his time at Yeovil Town, Brighton and Hove Albion and Luton Town with that also being highly influential in why he ended up joining Jones at Luton.

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19 June 2019 : New First Team Management Appointment Confirmed By Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have confirmed the appointment of former Stevenage first team manager Darren Sarll as their new manager. The 36 year old, who also has coaching experience with Watford, Brentford and Rotherham United, has been brought to the club on a three year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022. His selection brings to an end what has been almost a three month wait for a permanent successor to Darren Way, who was sacked by the club on March 24th.

Sarll's appointment has been rubberstamped by the club's future ownership, which according to the rumourmill is to be fronted by former Swindon Town owner Jed McCrory. He is not named in the club's statement concerning Sarll. Instead current Chairman John Fry has announced Sarll's arrival at the club, saying:

"These are exciting and challenging times for the Glovers. To achieve our goal of promotion back to the EFL, Darren will require the full support of everyone at Huish Park including all of our season ticket holders and our regular supporters. Darren's appointment has been made with the full backing of the new owners and a further announcement on this will be made shortly, once we have received approval from the National League. I would like to thank all Glovers supporters, staff and players for their patience whilst the search for a new manager has been carried out."

Our understanding is that at this stage there is no press conference, nor interviews planned to cover Sarll's arrival. There's also no mention of backroom staff at this stage - over the course of this summer, the club have allowed their entire first team backroom staff to be released from the club, meaning that Sarll will need to bring his own people in over the next few weeks.

For a full profile of Darren's time in football management and his playing career, head to the article below from earlier today.

Link: Who Is Darren Sarll? A Timeline Of His Playing And Management Career.

Link: Who Is Jed McCrory? A Timeline Of His Involvement In Sports Clubs.

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19 June 2019 : Baxter Heads North For Latest Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Nathan Baxter has found himself a club for the 2019-20 season. He has signed on loan for Scottish Premiership side Ross County, who were promoted from the First Division as Champions at the end of last season. The Chelsea goalkeeper will commence his fifth loan spell that has gradually seen the English Premier League club move him up a level each time, with the obvious goal of trying to turn the 20 year old into a first team player.

As a result of that policy, Baxter already has 122 first team appearances to his name, including the 38 he gained at Huish Park during the 2018-19 season. His performances saw him grab most of the club's Player Of The Season Awards, taking home five trophies, as well as being on standby for England Under-21s. He will now move up to Scotland, where co-manager Steven Ferguson is hopeful of his chances of being a success:

"I am delighted that we have secured a contract with Nathan and he obviously is coming from a background which will allow us to use his skills and experience developed at Chelsea FC."

Nathan's move is subject to international clearance, although that is unlikely to be a problem.

Link: Nathan Baxter : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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19 June 2019 : Who Is Darren Sarll? A Timeline Of His Playing And Management Career
Assuming the rumourmill is correct, Yeovil Town are about to announce the arrival of Darren Sarll as their first team manager, providing a permanent replacement to Darren Way, who left the club three months ago. The 36 year old is best known for his two year spell as Stevenage's first team manager, although was most recently Watford's Head Of Academy. He's also held roles with Brentford and Rotherham United.

Sarll's playing career was as a midfielder for a variety of non-league clubs all based in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire area. He never got above National League South level, working his way through Hitchin Town, Berkhamsted Town, Bedford Town, St Albans City, Chelmsford City (loan), Dunstable Town, Hemel Hempstead Town, Chesham United and Biggleswade United before disappearing off into Sunday League football.

He began his coaching career around 2005-06 when he began to get involved in Stevenage's Community Sports Trust. He then moved up through the ranks at Broadhall Way, through the Community Trust's Under-16 side, and then into their Centre of Excellence where he became their Under-18s manager, climbing as far as being their Reserve Team Manager during the 2007-08 season under Peter Taylor.

He then moved on to Brentford for the 2008-09 season, initially as their Under-18s manager, but after a managerial change which saw Andy Scott promoted, Sarll also saw his own role increased as he became a First Team Coach as well as their Reserve Team Manager during 2009. He left Griffin Park in May 2011, which saw him follow Scott to Rotherham United, becoming their Head Of Player Development in July 2011. Scott was sacked towards the end of that season and that saw Sarll also leave at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Sarll returned to Stevenage in June 2012 as their Head Of Youth, keeping that position for three years. He then became Stevenage's Assistant Manager under Teddy Sheringham in June 2015, briefly taking over as Caretaker Manager when Sheringham was sacked in February 2016. Although he had a sticky start to his first role in management, the arrival of Glenn Roeder as a Football Advisor helped stabilise things and improved form saw Sarll given the job on a permanent basis in May 2016.

During Sarll's time at the club, they finished 18th in the partial season after he took over from Sheringham, but then improved by finishing 10th during 2016-17. With his previous job having seen him look after the Youth side of the club, he obtained a good reputation for bringing through Academy players, as Dale Gorman, Jamie Gray, Mark McKee and Luke Wade-Slater were introduced into the first team set-up. Most notably he helped develop Ben Kennedy as a winger along with defender Ben Wilmot. The later became the EFL's League Two Apprentice of the Year for the 2017-18 season, and was transferred to Watford for a club record fee, reported to be in the region of £1 - £1.5 million depending on which media you read.

Sarll's problem at Stevenage was a lack of consistency in his results, and his time ran out on March 18th 2018, with Stevenage heading for a 16th placed finish that season. His overall record saw him manage for 114 games, recording 41 wins and 26 draws, with a win ratio of 36 percent. He was fired from his first team management position, but initially was kept on as the club's Head Of Youth Development.

In June 2018, Sarll headed out of Broadhall Way entirely, taking up the position of Head Of Academy at Watford. His remit was to work with the older age groups, including their Under-18s and Under-23s. However, that role unravelled in January 2019 when Watford suspended him from his position. There was little detail behind the allegations, but it was widely reported that the Hornets had temporarily removed him from his post due to allegations of bullying players. Whilst an inquiry was underway, Watford and Sarll decided to part company two weeks later, with the club's statement only describing the departure as being by mutual consent:

"Watford Football Club has amicably parted ways with Head of Academy Darren Sarll. We'd like to thank Darren for his efforts and achievements on and off the pitch, and wish him all the best for the future. Darren has brought a wealth of experience to his role, has been nothing but dedicated during his time at Watford and is now moving on to his next challenge, which we are sure he will make an equal success of."

Since his departure from Watford, on February 14th 2019, Sarll has been out of work, and so if he is appointed as Yeovil Town's new first team manager, he will arrive without any current ties. At the time he left Stevenage, only his Football Advisor Glenn Roeder left the club at that stage, although Sarll's first team coach Nicky Shorey later left the club in May 2018 and is currently available.

Sarll's former boss Andy Scott was interviewed about Sarll in February 2017 and had this to say about his former assistant manager, who he first met on a UEFA A Licence course at Lilleshall in 2005 which saw Roy Keane, Gareth Southgate, Martin Keown and Steve Claridge all in the same room. Scott said that Sarll wasn't intimidated by being surrounded by such big names, and remembered that when he eventually took him on as his assistant manager:

"Darren wasn't afraid to make his point or stand his ground against these guys. And he kept asking question after question – he was desperate to make the most of it. Straightaway, I liked his enthusiasm and willingness to learn. The thing I valued most about Darren is his loyalty. He'd do anything for you as a manager, even to the detriment of his own job. He was extremely hard working, very conscientious. We involved him in all the meetings we had because I knew he wanted to be a first-team manager down the line. I also wanted people who would ask questions and challenge opinions. In that sense, he was the same then as he was in that room at Lilleshall."

Scott felt that Sarll had learned a lot from his early days, where his approach was initially a bit too theoretical about his approach to the game, but praised his ability to consult with other people about his techniques, even leading up to his days at Stevenage:

"Initially, he was very idealistic in what he wanted to do on the training ground. In reality, you have to be more pragmatic. You've got a group of strong-willed lads and you're trying to coax them to do something. I think he learned from myself and (assistant) Terry Bullivant about man-management and delivering a consistent message. The one thing you can be sure of with Darren is that he'll seek opinions. To this day, he's not afraid to ask questions. When he got the (Stevenage) job last season, we had some good, long chats about what the squad would need. Even now, we speak maybe twice a week. Not many managers would ask advice. They think it makes them look weak. But Darren has always done that because he's come from that background where he had no other choice but to seek other people’s knowledge. To me, that's a great advantage."

At present, Yeovil Town have not confirmed Sarll's appointment as manager, but if the claims are true, an announcement should be made sometime today.

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19 June 2019 : Who Is Jed McCrory? A Timeline Of His Involvement In Sports Clubs
Last week saw the name of Jed McCrory pop up on the rumourmill in connection with the ownership takeover at Yeovil Town. Friday night's statement by the club did not name the group that they believed had reached an agreement with, but he was one of a number of names that had been circulating at that time. McCrory's name has now been firmly linked with the club by the local media - he's got past experience of owning Swindon Town and Banbury United, was on the Board at Solihull Moors and is the current owner of Stratford Town. He was also briefly the owner of Worcester Warriors.

Jed McCrory comes from Alcester in Warwickshire and is 49 years old. He's had involvement with a number of clubs over the years, with the first one one involving Southern League Premier Division side Banbury United. He had to relinquish his shares to take over Swindon Town in 2013, after he was part of a consortium to purchase the County Ground club. He worked under the name of Seebeck 87 as a group of four that included Steve Murrall, Gary Hooper and Callum Rice. Murrall is no longer involved in football, having been jailed in November 2017 for eight years for his part in a fraud whilst he was trying to buy Hartlepool United - McCrory was not involved in this scam. Hooper and Rice bowed out of Swindon after just three months, with both reported at the time as stepping down to concentrate on their non-football businesses.

At the time McCrory's group took over, Swindon were top of League One under Paolo Di Canio, but had been massively overspending under the previous ownership, suffering the fate of becoming the first Football League side to be put under a transfer embargo, due to breaches of the League's SCMP spending limits. McCrory's takeover coincided with the January transfer window and it led to an immediate row with Di Canio due to one player being sold off, and the manager being unable to make signings as a result of the transfer embargo. Di Canio then resigned and the Robins slipped from first to sixth, losing in the play-offs at the end of the 2012-13 season.

In December 2013, with Swindon sat in seventh place in the League One table, McCrory bowed out of the County Ground, with his right hand man Steve Murrall having resigned a month earlier. They'd brought in Lee Power as an investor, and he bought out the McCrory/Seebeck87 shares to give himself full ownership. At the time of the departure everything seemed amicable with Swindon's statement praising him saying: "He has instilled pride back into Swindon and the town. He leaves the club having established a robust, proven business model".

However, by 2014 all of that had turned sour as McCrory and Power went to Court in a dispute over the sale of McCrory's shares. McCrory's claim was that an option for Power to purchase the Seebeck 87 shares had expired when the December 2013 handover had taken place, but Power produced evidence of a three year extension on the agreement that allowed him to complete his takeover. It took until July 2014 for a High Court to find in favour of Power, with McCrory ordered to pay in the region of £50,000 in costs. That wasn't the end of it, with McCrory taking the issue to the Court Of Appeal, with that case running until January 2015 until it was closed, with some mixed reports over whether he had withdrawn his case or whether the Court had rejected it.

Whilst the two court cases were going through, McCrory also involved himself in talks with Kidderminster Harriers, Bristol Rovers and Hereford United. Just after he left Swindon in December 2013, he claims that he had a verbal agreement with Kidderminster for a takeover that would have gone through in January 2014. McCrory claimed that he was backed by a £5 million investment from Quest Capital Ltd but this ultimately did not go through.

In February 2014 he is reported to have met Herefordshire Council to explore the detail behind Hereford United's lease agreements relating to their Edgar Street ground. The Bulls were in financial trouble and although it was reported that McCrory had been approached by former Chairman David Keyte, his involvement also had been influenced by the arrival of Tommy Agombar as Hereford's prospective owner, with Agombar having been part of the Seebeck 87 set-up. That all collapsed when Agombar failed the FA's Fit and Proper Person's Test in August 2014 due to a prison sentence that he had served, with the Bulls later being liquidated in December 2014 due to their financial problems. There's no suggestion that McCrory held an executive position at the club during that period, with his role appearing to be an attempt to deal with the club's ongoing financial problems. It was later reported that in September 2014 he aided Bristol Rovers in a restructuring of the club, although does not appear to have held a firm position.

McCrory's presence in football then seems to have gone quiet for a couple of years. He was named as being part of one of four separate consortiums that were attempting to purchase Northampton Town in November 2015, but his group did not make the final cut. His next role came in August 2016 when he became a Director at Solihull Moors, lasting a year with the National League club before stepping down. During that period there had been reports that McCrory was attempting a full takeover but these never materialised.

Instead he turned up at Southern League Premier Division Central side Stratford Town, close to his own home town, where he has maintained a position on their Board since July 2018. If he is to takeover Yeovil Town he will need to relinquish this role under FA rules concerning dual ownership. In parallel with his Stratford role, McCrory also moved into Rugby Union as part of a group that took over Premiership side Worcester Warriors. At that time in October 2018, his financial backing came from London and Miami-based financier Errol Pope, who is a property and commodity trader, along with Scott Priestnall and former Saracens and Sale Sharks player David Seymour. Pope was to provide the financial backing, whilst McCrory would run the club on a day-to-day basis.

However, this arrangement did not last long, with Morecambe FC owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham coming in during December 2018 as investors. On June 12th 2019, McCrory left the rugby club entirely, leaving Goldring and Whittingham in charge after just eight and a half months. Instead he was reported as having taken a sports development role with Redditch Borough Council, and so is no longer involved with rugby union. Whittingham said of McCrory's departure:

"Jed has brought tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the executive board and has helped to shape the vision of a club with strong links to the local community. We respect Jed's decision to take up a new post working to develop sports and leisure opportunities in his local community and wish him the very best in his new venture."

At present, Yeovil Town have not confirmed McCrory's involvement in the takeover process currently going on at Huish Park, with his involvement at Stratford Town presumably having been a significant reason why he had asked not to be named at the point that the club reached last Friday's agreement.

Jed McCrory Timeline:
August 2012 - March 2013 - Banbury United
February 2013 - December 2013 - Swindon Town (owner)
February 2014 - Attempted takeover of Kidderminster Harriers but this fell through
July 2014 - Held some discussions with Herefordshire Council regarding the Edgar Street ground leases
September 2014 - Appears to have had some involvement with Bristol Rovers but this doesn't amount to much
November 2015 - Was named as one of four separate bidders for Northampton Town, but was not selected
August 2016 - August 2017 - Solihull Moors (Director only)
July 2018 - Present - Stratford Town
October 2018 - June 2019 - Worcester Warriors Rugby Club (co-owner)

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18 June 2019 : New Manager Identity And New Owner Identity Reported Ahead Of Expected Announcement
Yeovil Town are expected to name their first team manager tomorrow. According to local reporter Chris Spittles, the club are about to name former Stevenage first team manager Darren Sarll as their boss. The 36 year old was in charge for 114 games across two years between February 2016 and March 2018, and most recently was Watford's Head Of Academy, leaving Vicarage Road in January 2019.

The name of the club's owner is also revealed with former Swindon Town and current Stratford Town owner Jed McCrory having been on the rumourmill since late last week. His identity is now put forward as the club's likely owner, with the club having announced an 'agreement' last Friday but choosing not to reveal the new owner's name. The tweets from Chris Spittles read as follows:

"Yeovil Town expect to name their new manager tomorrow and it's looking very likely to be former Stevenage boss Darren Sarll that takes over. The appointment of Sarll has been approved by the potential new ownership group, which I understand includes former Swindon Town chairman Jed McCrory. Sarll was interviewed by Yeovil Town hierarchy last week and the indications are that his appointment has been approved by the potential new owners today. McCrory recently left Worcester Warriors rugby club and Yeovil Town are set to be his latest stop in the world of football following spells with Banbury, Swindon and Solihull. McCrory usually arrives with a financial backer (was the case at Swindon and Worcester) but it's not clear yet who will be joining him at Yeovil Town."

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18 June 2019 : Supporter Alliance Meeting : Wednesday 15th May 2019
During mid-May, the Supporters Alliance Group met at Huish Park, to discuss matters just after the 2018-19 season had ended. The meeting covered the launch of 2019-20 Season Ticket packages and replica shirts, but also came on the day that Rob Couhig's takeover attempt collapsed, meaning that a fair amount of the meeting was devoted to that. The meeting minutes can be read via the link below.

Link: Supporter Alliance Meeting : Wednesday 15th May 2019.

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17 June 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : What Chance Of A Manager?
With Yeovil Town having in theory chosen their preferred bidder, in their efforts to sell the club to another party, the focus on ownership will almost certainly switch to the management position. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the list of candidates the bookies have listed, and why what's on that list may not represent the true list of those being interviewed. Read on via the link below and feel free to post your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : What Chance Of A Manager?

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16 June 2019 : SSDC Request Withdrawal Of Club's Four Year Old Planning Application
South Somerset District Council have written to Yeovil Town Football Club, after a very long pause concerning their outstanding Planning Application. The club's last attempt to push through development plans for the Huish Park site were submitted to SSDC in July 2015, but the whole thing began to dry up around September/October 2015, with the club repeatedly asking SSDC for extensions of time before it was put through the formal planning committees.

The last attempt to pursue the application came in February 2017, when SSDC wrote to the club, attempting to get clarification on the application's direction and warning them that the supporting information relating to the club's plans was now seriously out of date and would need to be redrafted. The clb's Planning Agent David Bell indicated in his February 21st 2017 reply that the club were still "gathering and updating information" and that he would "be in touch in the near future".

Two years and three months later, and that represents the last update on the Planning Application. Clearly aware of the latest developments concerning the attempted sale of the club, SSDC Planning Officer Simon Fox has written to the club again. In a letter dated June 14th 2019, he reveals that he has lost contact with the club's Planning Agent entirely, and also states that he had met current Yeovil Town owner Norman Hayward and Chairman John Fry in November 2018, in an attempt to resolve the situation.

Mr Fox says that given that six more months have passed without further movement, and his own awareness that the club is in the middle of undergoing a takeover process, he feels that nearly four years after it was lodged with SSDC, that it should be withdrawn by the club. His letter to John Fry says the following:

"I met Mr Hayward and yourself back in November to discuss the pending application 15/03513/OUT as it was seemingly not being actively pursued after a raft of planning issues had been raised, my letter of February 2017 remains relevant. Your agent, Mr Bell, has not been in contact in some 18 months. Whilst you were not minded to withdraw at the time in the six months since we met nothing has happened and given the press announcements regarding the ownership of the club and you being the personally named applicant I feel it would be a good time to advise that the application be formally withdrawn."

SSDC's Planning Officer reiterates his view that the application is now significantly out of date, and warns that if it is not withdrawn (or progressed) that he will need to bring the matter to the attention to the SSDC Area South Planning Committee for it to be formally refused:

"The application cannot be progressed positively without wholesale changes and sooner or later I will need to bring the matter to the attention of the planning committee and seek refusal of the application and that is something that is probably not in the best interests of either party at this time. I reiterate our commitment to work with you and/or any future owners and if you are to depart may I thank you for our cordial working relationship over the course of these complex and high profile planning applications. I would be grateful by return if you could confirm withdrawal."

The original July 2015 plans were the club's second attempt to enable development on the Huish Park land, following the withdrawal of another application which ran between 2012 and 2014 before being withdrawn by the club once it became obvious that it was going to fail. The second attempt showed the club wanting to build a non-food retail store (which appeared to be earmarked as a garden or home furnishing store), a Sports Hall situated where the Marquee currently is, a Hotel on the lower part of the East Stand car park, a convenience store, a coffee shop and a sports clinic.

Of more interest to supporters, there was provision for a roof to be put over the existing North (Away) Terrace, coupled with supporter refreshment facilities as well as new Academy facilities and club office space. However, all of this appeared to be going in the same direction as the first planning application, given the club's struggle to find suitable replacement playing pitches for the two top pitches behind the away end.

Later, in April 2016 the club announced that they were removing the major Retail unit from the planning application, and published new plans for the site, but although these made it as far as the club website and the local media, they were never formally issued to SSDC, and so lay unassessed by planning experts.

The club did earmark a plot of land off Thorne Lane in Lufton that could have potentially enabled this. But after winning a Planning Appeal in December 2017, following an initial September 2016 refusal, the club have not taken any steps since that point to pursue the next steps in turning that current farm land into recreational facilities. With the Appeal Decision giving the football club until December 28th 2020 to commence full development on the Lufton land, before the Planning Permission would expire, they have already eaten their way through 50 percent of that period without any documented progress.

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15 June 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Decision Of Sorts But The Uncertainty Remains
Friday evening gave Yeovil Town supporters some news, in terms of the club's takeover saga. With a new ownership group selected, we now know the club has moved to the next stage in its takeover process, but with little information given out just yet, it's hard to know how to react. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at what we know, and what will happen next. Feel free to give your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Decision Of Sorts But The Uncertainty Remains.

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14 June 2019 : Yeovil Town Confirm Takeover Agreement With Mystery Bidder
Yeovil Town have issued another statement concerning the ownership of the club and the first team management position. They have now confirmed that they have reached agreement with a group of people to take over the club, subject to the usual legal arrangements and ratification with the Football Association. The actual party is not named at this stage, leading to further speculation as to their identity.

The statement reads as follows:

"Yeovil Town Football Club is delighted to confirm that new owners of the major shareholding of HPSP Ltd have been identified, and are close to signing the required legal documents. The bidder selected has expressed a wish not to be publicly identified until the formalities are completed, but this development does now mean a first-team manager can be appointed early next week. The new owners will be interviewing managers early next week and after the selection process has been completed, an announcement will be made to the media, supporters, staff, and contracted players.."

The club quote Chairman John Fry as saying that having interviewed managers for the position in the last week, they now plan to allow the prospective owner to interview and choose their own manager:

"We have been working exceptionally hard to identify the right bid and this has been a challenging task as there were a number of legal and financial points to overcome.The deal we are announcing today is subject to the normal League and due diligence procedures, but all parties will now be working together to try and complete formalities as quickly as possible. Today’s news ends the recent period of uncertainty and what I am sure will be an exciting future for the club. I would like this opportunity to thank our supporters for their patience, during this challenging period."

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14 June 2019 : Rossiter Consortium Pulls Out With Speculation Another Bidder Has Been Chosen
One of the groups that has been attempting to purchase Yeovil Town Football Club from the current owners has released a statement on Friday afternoon. As part of their own update they have confirmed their intention to withdraw from the bidding process, due to the lack of progress during their negotiations with the club.

The group was fronted by former Director Andy Rossiter and also included long serving Yeovil Town supporter Alister Betts, who had been acting as the main front for the group. Our understanding is that they already had selected a preferred manager, and had been awaiting clearance to make a formal approach, but matters never got that far. Repeated delays on negotiations with the current Yeovil Town owners meant that they did not believe their bid was going to be successful. They therefore decided to withdraw at 5.00p.m. tonight.

Their statement reads as follows:

"Despite our best efforts to engage the current management of YTFC we have not be able to gain any serious conversations regarding our bid. It has been clear that for the past few weeks there has been a favoured bid and they were pursuing this. We wish the new owners all the best with the club and we hope they remember that it’s not a business it’s an asset of the community and should be treated as such at all times."

Our understanding is that Yeovil Town have selected another consortium to takeover the club. We are currently awaiting some sort of confirmation of this.

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14 June 2019 : Bristol City Swap One Former Glovers Keeper Coach For Another
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Pat Mountain has been recruited as Championship side Bristol City's new goalkeeping coach. He replaces another former Glovers keeper David Coles, who left Ashton Gate last week as part of a backroom shake-up initiated by manager Lee Johnson this summer. Coles had been with the Robins for five years, following a coaching career that had taken in two spells with Portsmouth and a single season with West Ham United.

In his place comes 42 year old Mountain, who was on Yeovil Town's books during the 1998-99 season, under Colin Lippiatt, playing as a back-up to first choice keeper Tony Pennock. As such, Mountain struggled to get past his fellow Welsh keeper and moved on in the summer of 1999. He went on to have a lengthy playing career with Newport County covering over 200 games for the Exiles, until a knee injury forced him to retire at the age of 27.

Mountain has since built up a lengthy coaching career, thanks to holding both outfield and goalkeeping UEFA A Coaching qualifications. He has largely worked around the South West or South Wales, coaching at Cardiff City, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. His one journey away from that part of the country saw him spend six months with Hull City in the latter part of 2017, but by January 2018 he left due to family reasons and ended up back in the South-West with Forest Green Rovers. He now joins Bristol City to work directly with their first team and has said of his arrival:

"I'm delighted to join Bristol City, it's a fantastic club and the opportunity to coach here was something that instantly appealed to me. I've spent much of my coaching career in the top two divisions of English football, I know how fantastic the Championship is to compete in, and I'm extremely excited about my future with Bristol City. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Forest Green Rovers, they are a great club and I would like to thank the chairman, manager and staff for the opportunity, but moving to Ashton Gate was something I wanted to do. I am looking forward to working with the coaching staff at Bristol City and helping to develop the goalkeepers further. The club has a reputation for bringing players through the Academy system and I look forward to furthering their development."

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13 June 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Groundhog Day Is Here Again
Do you ever get the feeling things are going around in circles? The last month or so might feel that way for the average Yeovil Town supporter. The latest Taff's Gloversblog picks up the (lack of) developments of the last few days and looks into how the club's takeover talks are progressing. There's also a few related thoughts on the first team management. Read on via the link below, and feel free to post your thoughts on where we are now.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Groundhog Day Is Here Again.

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12 June 2019 : Glovers Trust Interview With Radio Ninesprings
On Tuesday, Somerset local radio station Radio Ninesprings invited Glovers Trust Board Member Brendon Owen into their studio for a chat about the club. In a 25 minute feature (including an advert break and a bit of music) Brendon talks about the formation of the Trust and its purpose, what went wrong at the club over the past few years, the Trust's contact with American businessman Rob Couhig and the current ownership problems and the future of the club. Listen via the Soundcloud audio clip below.

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12 June 2019 : Prospective Buyer Raises Doubts Over Current Owner's Intentions To Sell This Summer
One of the groups aiming to buy Yeovil Town Football Club has express doubts over the process to purchase the club. The latest delay in the takeover talks means that over a month has passed since Rob Couhig's bid to purchase the club collapsed almost three months after he had reached an apparent 'agreement' with current owner Norman Hayward. Although new bidders immediately appeared on the scene following the end of talks with the New Orleans businessman, hopes of a quick conclusion to discussions over the summer have gradually faded away, with today's holding statement representing the third time that the club have had to delay the process.

The BBC, via Andy Howard and Chris Spittles have been given a statement by an unnamed bidder, where they openly question whether a sale will actually be concluded this summer, or whether the current ownership may result into things being dragged into the 2019-20 season unresolved:

"We continue to express doubt that the sale of the club will be concluded this summer. We have a suspicion the current owners will be unable to agree a deal but will continue to waste everyone's time, ultimately carrying on into the new season."

They have also raised concerns about the lack of visibility that they have currently over the appointment of a new first team manager. Suggestions were that interviews were taking place with a shortlist of managers on Tuesday, but it appears that the prospective owners do not even know the full list of candidates at this stage, meaning that they are unable to judge the outgoing board's choice of manager at this stage:

"In terms of the managers appointment; Our group has had no input to the managers discussions. We have been informed interviews where taking place but we have not been given any information as to what was discussed or who the candidates were, except one candidate. It's incredibly frustrating for us as potential owners and we can only imagine how frustrating it is for the fans of the club who must be displeased with the never ending moving of the decision by the existing owners."

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12 June 2019 : Yeovil Town Issue Yet Another Ownership And Management Update
Yeovil Town have issued another statement relating to the ongoing situation with the club's ownership takeover and first team management. Once again, the club have provided a holding statement, based on their previous pledge to provide an update 'no later than Wednesday'.

The club's statement reads as follows:

"As envisaged in the update last Friday, the Club still expects the new owner and manager positions to be clarified this week and talks remain ongoing with the remaining parties bidding for the club. Further updates will be issued when possible."

And that's it.

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12 June 2019 : Glovers Trust Call For An End To Uncertainty, Delays And Frustration
It has gone from bad to worse and we hope there is light at the end of the tunnel. The end of a torrid season (that follow a number of torrid seasons before it) was suppose to be a new start – a chance to hit reset. Instead, all we've had is uncertainty, delays and more frustration. The post-season after the campaign to forget has been a debacle up to this point. No manager, no coaching staff, very few players and hardly any season tickets sold – and who can blame anyone for not buying one?

As with so many things around Yeovil Town FC, it didn't have to be this way. Let's be frank and honest (because honesty has been in short supply of late) – we have been lied to. The deal with Rob Couhig just needed EFL approval for so long ... and then, an agreement couldn’t be found between Mr Couhig and YTFC – something doesn't add up!

So, we've been back to square one. A new bidding process, with who knows, the same results? We hope not, we want this to happen (to the right people), so we've hung back and tried not to upset the apple cart ... speaking of apples, don't we all need a pint or two of cider after this!

To Norman Hayward and John Fry we say this. Make this happen, sell to the right people and make it happen fast. Additionally, don't look over your shoulders, don't check the results or gauge the feelings of the fans – just melt away!

To our new owners, whoever from the three options and whenever it takes place – we want and need this to be a success. There is a proud fanbase wanting to come back to Huish Park and engage with their club if it is ready to engage with them. We'll help! Your task isn't an easy one. There is a lot of resentment due to the past failures, but together we can make it work. Achieve by Unity has felt like an unworthy club motto recently. We hope that it will not only be our motto, but our reality!

Our vision is clear and we believe it will work – take a look at our blueprint. Make this happen and YTFC will thrive again.

[The Glovers Trust Board of Directors.]

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11 June 2019 : Small Mileage Drop In 2019-20 Trips After National League Return
Yeovil Town's fall into the National League will mean a slightly reduced mileage for fans wanting to make away trips next season. With the situation regarding Gateshead being resolved at the league's AGM last weekend, the Glovers will face a rather more local trip to Aldershot Town next season. That's probably made the difference in terms of the reduced travelling, with a round trip of 8,400 miles on the cards if you make all 23 away trips, compared with the 8,664 round trip distance fans covered during the 2018-19 season.

Whilst we lose clubs like Exeter City and Newport County, the Glovers will gain local trips to Torquay United and Eastleigh which come in at under 100 miles. In League Two, there was a gradual loss of London and Home Counties clubs over the years, but next season will see a lot more trips up the A303 and M3, with nine trips taking you around the periphery of the M3 or the M25, with a tenth taking you around that route before you head off to Dover Athletic. Last season only four trips would have taken you up the M3, meaning a big shift in the direction of travel.

The real killer trip is the familiar journey to Hartlepool United, which will be the club's longest journey at 325 miles, although the club's first trip to Barrow for 20 years will also be a lengthy one, with it taking you around the Furness peninsula in Cumbria at 307 miles. The full list of 23 clubs are as shown below.

National League 2019-20 Season Mileages (Single Journey Distance from Yeovil:
Torquay United (66 miles), Eastleigh (75 miles), Aldershot Town (104 miles), Woking (110 miles), Maidenhead United (116 miles), Barnet (130 miles), Sutton United (130 miles), Solihull Moors (144 miles), Boreham Wood (145 miles), Bromley (147 miles), Ebbsfleet United (171 miles), Dagenham and Redbridge (177 miles), Notts County (191 miles), Dover Athletic (202 miles), Wrexham (213 miles), Chesterfield (215 miles), Stockport County (218 miles), Chorley (233 miles), AFC Fylde (252 miles), Halifax Town (255 miles), Harrogate Town (274 miles), Barrow (307 miles), Hartlepool United (325 miles).

Link: National League 2019 AGM and Key Dates For 2019-20 Season.

Link: 2019-20 Season National League Title Odds.

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11 June 2019 : Supporters Alliance Statement On The Club's Relegation And Ownership
On Wednesday the 15th of May, at the first Supporters Alliance meeting since the relegation of Yeovil Town FC to the National League, Alliance Chairman Rich Rendell issued a heartfelt statement that was fully endorsed by the Member Groups that were present (Bridport Glovers, Disabled Supporters Association, Glovers Trust, Green & White Supporters Club, and subsequently, the Junior Glovers). The statement was intended to reach the Board to consider a response within a few days of being issued, however this was not possible until Thursday 6th of June, when Rich Rendell was able to deliver the statement in person at a Club Board Meeting. An extended deadline was agreed of 10th of June for a statement that could be shared in response, however with time passing and the response not having been issued, the Alliance Member Groups have agreed to share the content in full as it was presented at the meeting.

The Alliance Member Groups would like to stress that the statement is aimed at the Executive Board of Yeovil Town Football Club as of 15th of May 2019 and in no way, shape or form at prospective purchasers of the Club with whom we are informed discussions remain ongoing. The Alliance Group is made up of dedicated, proactive and good-willed supporters who have donated a great deal of time and effort to provide services to, and support improvements to Yeovil Town Football Club. The Group is fully committed to continuing to do so with the new Board as and when a sale is agreed and the purchase is completed.

The Alliance Group hope that when the first possible opportunity arises, measures are taken by the prospective new owners to share their vision with supporters via this forum. The group has had small measures of success, but could achieve so much more with backing and enthusiasm at Executive level. The Club motto is Achieve by Unity – Let’s start living and breathing it!

The statement issued by Rich Rendell, YTFC Alliance Group Chairman on Wednesday 15th of May 2019 reads as follows:

"Sad news this week that Alan Skirton has passed away. Alan was a fantastic Club servant and will always be remembered within the Club. Condolences to Alan's family."

"Well, football news. We are now in the National League after 16 unbelievable seasons in the League. As Chairman of the Alliance I would like to say to the Board of YTFC 'We Told You So' but again you refused to listen to the Supporters. I would like to say a few words on the 2018-19 season. No misinterpretation etc."

"How could you sum up the season? Really it started off so good culminating with the win at Newport, downhill from then. Everyone on the Board of Directors, Owner, Chair, all Board Members and Manager have totally let the Supporters down and have to take all the blame."

"You as a Board refused to listen to what we were saying about relegation and the loss of 1500/2000 supporters. Because you knew better and after a string of defeats and an embarrassing defeat against a team two leagues below us (now the same league as us), you decided in your wisdom to extend the contract of the manager. The reason you gave was, 'STABILITY' - what a joke that turned out to be; eight players left the club. We were then in free fall, fans were staying away in the hundreds, even season ticket holders weren't turning up, still you weren't worried about them as you had their money. Away travel was drastically hit. Certain away fixtures we could normally take three or four coaches, we were struggling to get one. Paul Hadlow, (Green & Whites) was doing a fantastic job getting fans to travel and sorting out the money; money that would be going back into the club. At least four away games we had less than 30 on the coach. But still you wouldn't listen to our concerns."

"Then in February we had new hope. The scene was set for our club to be taken over by an American business man, a person who actually thought of the fans and had great sympathy with the crap we have had to put up with on our 'Match Day Experience' or lack of it. After myself and Stuart Burrell (Glovers Trust) had a meeting with Rob Couhig and Mark Palmer it gave us hope for the future no matter which league we were in. A few more fans started to return to Huish Park and we picked up a bit. We actually won a couple of games, could we stay up? Well no because we started losing again against teams around us. There was little fight or passion in the team they were playing without confidence and to most fans without any plan whatsoever."

"Then with six games to go you decided to sack the Manager and give Neale Marmon the impossible task of keeping us in the EFL. Another 1000/1500 started to return to Huish Park. The penultimate game of the season was at Northampton; could we do it? At half time we were two up but disappointment in the second half saw us concede two goals. Other results went against us and we were relegated. Over the many years of supporting Yeovil, I've witnessed many fans in tears after unbelievable victories against teams such as Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, and who could ever forget the victory against Brentford in the play-off final, but never in defeat or relegation. Many little uns and adults were in tears at the final whistle. Alex Fisher, Bevis Mugabi and Nathan Baxter came over and were actually saying sorry to the fans for getting relegated and how they had let the fans down. They were all in tears and visibly shocked. Even Sam Foley came over and was upset for the fans and said sorry."

"Yet on the return journey home there was still hope that the new owners would get us back into the EFL. The last game of the season saw 3,400 fans turn up to cheer on the Town; unbelievable support seeing that we were already relegated. That's 2000 more fans who actually watched the game against Port Vale."

"We all left Huish Park disappointed, yet looking forward to the 2019-20 season with a New Owner and Manager in place, a new owner who cared for the supporters, who wanted to bring the missing fans back to watch our Club. We heard that plans were being drawn up to redevelop the top of the main stand, knock down the Board Room and make it into a Supporters Bar where the fans could actually spend money and help the club and even wear the replica shirts they had purchased from the Club. This was something that the fans have been on about for years but have been given so many promises and pathetic excuses over the years why we can't. The Reality is you never have and never will want us to have those facilities."

"If You the Board had not wasted the money on failed planning permission and put it into the playing staff then we would have had at least another year in the Championship and definitely still be in the EFL and not in the National League like we are now."

"You as a Board don't deserve the fantastic Supporters who support OUR CLUB. I say 'Our Club' because, Owners, Chairman, Board Members, Managers, Players come and go yet Supporters stay although some decide to stay away because of managers/ owners. That is definitely the case with our club and I don't blame them."

"Over the Years we have supported the Owner, Chairman of our club they did a fantastic job of not only getting us into the league but even the Championship but it's time for a change, We can't wait for a new owner, new board members and manager to take our club forward and not backwards as we have been in the last four years. We need Board members that appreciate the fans."

"The fans will return when this happens. Just going back to the Northampton game when Alex, Nathan, Bevis and Sam coming over and apologize to the fans for our relegation. When are the Board going to apologise and take the FULL BLAME for getting US relegated and I don't mean through a club memo. I won't hold my breath

The Yeovil Town FC Supporters Alliance Group (Bridport Glovers, Disabled Supporters Association, Glovers Trust, Green & White Supporters Club, Junior Glovers)

[Statement via the Supporters Alliance Group, and endorsed by the above groups.]

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10 June 2019 : Goodship Snapped Up By Shrimpers After Terras 77 Goal Haul
Former Yeovil Town striker Brandon Goodship has been signed up by League One side Southend United. The 24 year old has penned a two year contract at Roots Hall, with an additional one year option on top of that deal, arriving on a free transfer from Southern League Premier South winners Weymouth. The former AFC Bournemouth player has hit the headlines over the last two seasons, having claimed the division's golden boot two years running, with 38 and 39 goals respectively. Add in his 34 assists and Goodship has been directly involved in 114 goals across those two seasons.

During the 2018-19 season, Goodship also picked up Weymouth's Player Of The Season Award, along with the National Game Awards Step 3/4 Player of the Season award. Despite playing two divisions below the main National League division, he was also called up into the England C Squad - the semi-professional version of the Three Lions side. Goodship has consistently stressed that he dropped down to Weymouth's level to play regular football, having felt he had been starved of that chance in previous career moves. He said upon signing for Southend that he felt that had been good for his confidence:

"The last two seasons have been really good for me and my confidence especially because going into every game I felt like I would score if I had the chance. Hopefully I have the same feeling playing for Southend. Most players in Non-League will tell you that they are there to try and work their way up the ladder. I'm lucky enough to have been handed that opportunity and hopefully I can take that and show there is a good pathway from Non-League to the Football League. I dropped down the leagues to play week in week out and I feel a much different player now. I’m ready now to go and prove myself at this level."

Goodship's time with Yeovil Town was not a particularly fruitful one. He spent the 2015-16 season on loan with the Glovers from AFC Bournemouth, where he scored one goal in ten appearances in a half-season loan. That goal was a crucial one against Dagenham and Redbridge, but his season ended with him largely stuck in the stands due to Football League limits on the number of loan players that can be used in a matchday squad. It was therefore a slight surprise when Darren Way made the decision to sign him up permanently during the second half of the 2016-17 season. That spell was even less fruitful, with him making just nine appearances, without scoring a goal, although in his defence, he was only given one starting place in the side before being released in the summer of 2017, resulting in his move to the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Link: Brandon Goodship : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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10 June 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Beginning Of The End?
Since the 2018-19 season, Yeovil Town supporters have been treated to a series of 'imminent announcements'. Something big is going to be announced ... but not until next week. So will this week be the week where we finally get a breakthrough, or will it be another week when we get told 'we'll let you know next Friday'? The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the current state of play with respect to the ownership and the first team management, and considers what lies ahead. Read on, via the link below, and feel free to throw in your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Beginning Of The End?

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9 June 2019 : Glovers Retain Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy
Yeovil Town Supporters retained the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy at Huish Park today. The Glovers beat their Exeter City opponents by a 4-1 scoreline, thanks to two goals from Alex Leckenby, with Aron Wallis and Ben Loveridge also chipping in with goals.

In a match played on the Huish Park 4G surface, this was a repeat of last summer's scoreline, meaning that Yeovil Town supporters keep their hands on the trophy. The match is an annual event between the two clubs' supporters teams to commemorate the life of Adam Stansfield, who played for both teams, as well as keeping the profile of the Adam Stansfield Foundation high, with the aim of supporting awareness of bowel cancer, as well as raising money for local youth sporting associations. For more information on the Foundation and how you can help support it, head to their website.

The victorious Yeovil Town Supporters team, after their 4-1 win
The victorious Yeovil Town Supporters team, after their 4-1 win

Yeovil and Exeter Supporters Teams and officials from the June 2019 game
Yeovil and Exeter Supporters Teams and officials from the June 2019 game

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8 June 2019 : National League 2019 AGM and Key Dates For 2019-20 Season
The National League has held its 2019 AGM today. This recognises the moment that Yeovil Town's membership of the Football League has been ended, with them being welcomed in as members of the division that used to be known as the Conference league. Whilst Glovers executives will have been used to travelling to AGMs held in Portugal over the last sixteen years, this year they will have headed to Celtic Manor in Newport to hear the major decisions made by the league.

One of those we already know about from earlier today. Aldershot Town have been given a reprieve from relegation and will continue to play in the National League main division. Gateshead are confirmed as relegated to National League North. As a result, Oxford City's move into the North division is now reversed - they will keep their place in National League South.

There was a January report that the National League sponsorship would be rebranded to become the Motorama National League. That has been cancelled and the official sponsored name of the division will remain as the Vanarama National League. Motorama, who are part of the same trading group, will be the 'official car leasing partner'.

The National League have also announced plans to set up a National League Football Academy System, presumably to deal with the fact that non-league sides do not qualify as being part of the Premier League's EPPP Academy System - except for those clubs that are still eligible for parachute payments during the two years after relegation from the Football League.

The league have also formally announced the key dates for the 2019-20 season. These are as follows:

• Fixtures released on Wednesday 3rd July 2019
• Opening fixtures on Saturday 3rd August 2019
• Season finishes on Saturday 25th April 2020
• Vanarama North & South Promotion Finals on Saturday 9th May 2020
• Vanarama Promotion Final at Wembley on Sunday 10th May 2020

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8 June 2019 : Shots Reprieved As Heed Suffer Relegation
The National League have confirmed the status of two of its clubs for the 2019-20 season. The circumstances affecting Gateshead off the field of play has resulted in their forced relegation to National League North. That has meant that Aldershot Town, who finished in 21st place in the National League top division have been given a reprieve and will form part of Yeovil Town's opponents for the coming season.

Gateshead had put in an appeal against sanctions issued against them after the failings of their former ownership caused them to be ejected from the Gateshead International Stadium, whilst players and staff went unpaid. Their new owners, backed by their Gateshead Soul Supporters Group, lodged an appeal to the Football Association. It would appear this has been partially successful in that they have now only been demoted one division, but results in them playing sixth tier football next season.

Aldershot, who have recently appointed Danny Searle as their new first team manager, will now keep their place in the division. Yeovil Town have not played competitively against the 1992 incarnation of the Shots, with the last match involving a team from Aldershot coming in the form of three FA Cup First Round ties during November 1955 against the club that existed between 1926 and 1992.

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7 June 2019 : Yeovil Town Issue Another Statement On Ownership Situation
Yeovil Town have issued another statement concerning the ongoing discussions at Huish Park regarding a possible change in ownership. Unfortunately for those expecting a definitive statement on the club's ownership, it is another holding statement on the process of selecting from the current shortlist of bidders. The club's statement is as follows:

"As reported, the club has been carrying out discussions with a number of shortlisted parties to potentially buy the club. To be fair to all three consortiums we have today agreed to extend our deadline for selecting the successful offer and a decision will be made next week. A choice of possible first-team managers acceptable to all the parties has been identified, however, and final interviews for the post are happening early next week. This means a manager can be appointed before the ownership situation is clarified. An update on the ownership and first-team manager situation will be made by no later than Wednesday next week"

The club have been working from a list of three interested parties since the 2018-19 season ended, with former Director Andy Rossiter having gone public with his interest in buying the club on the same day that American Rob Couhig's bid was rejected by the Board of Directors. However, a full calendar month has passed since Couhig's interests were ended, and since that point a cycle of holding statements have been issued by the club, with it becoming very obvious in recent weeks that little visible progress was being made in terms of taking the process through to the next stage.

One twist in the above situation is that the club's tactics concerning the first team management recruitment has changed once again. On May 15th they promised an 'early appointment' for the manager, but by May 30th they stated that 'we expect the new manager to be confirmed when the ownership situation has been resolved'. Now today, that position has changed, with them stating 'a manager can be appointed before the ownership situation is clarified'. Of course, any prospective manager is likely to want to meet the potential new owners, to discuss the style of ownership they're likely to adopt, and what sort of playing budget will be on the table for him to play with, meaning that this latest approach may not be as straight-forward as implied.

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7 June 2019 : Notts County Given Second High Court Extension Over Tax Debts
National League side Notts County have been given another stay of execution in their attempts to avoid a High Court Winding Up Order. The Magpies were relegated from League Two alongside Yeovil Town at the end of the 2018-19 season, and like the Glovers have seen their summer dominated by takeover talks, with Owner Alan Hardy desperate to sell his stake in the club.

Notts County's plight though is rather more acute, given that they are currently having to battle against High Court action brought by HMRC due to non-payment of taxes. At the time of their first hearing in April, reports were that the Magpies owed £200,000 in taxes. At yesterday's hearing, Sky Sports state that these tax debts have now risen to £800,000. Despite this, they have been given another adjournment with the club back in Court for July 10th.

The justification for the extension is that County are in negotiations with two separate parties regarding purchasing the club, and that they expect a South African group to be able to complete this process within 28 days. The news that negotiations are still ongoing might raise a few eyebrows, given that Hardy's statement in mid-April claimed that they had reached an agreement with a party, which at that time was unnamed.

Just prior to this week's High Court hearing, reports claimed that the prospective consortium representative Terry Pritchard of Charter House Corporate Partners was seriously ill, and in hospital and that this had caused a delay to proceedings. Their back-up party, Alex May, who is a London Property Developer, is waiting in the wings, but had not advanced his negotiations as far as the South African bidder. The plan is for Pritchard's group to meet in London next week, with a price tag of £6 million on the sale of the club.

The ongoing uncertainty at Meadow Lane has meant that the National League have been in contact with Notts County, and reports are that they will be asking for a security bond to be lodged with the league to act as proof of funds, and to confirm that they are capable of getting through the 2019-20 season.

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6 June 2019 : Tivvy Trip Planned For Pre-Season
Yeovil Town have another pre-season friendly arranged for July 2019. They will be travelling to play Southern League Premier Division South side Tiverton Town on Tuesday 30th July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off at Ladysmead. The Devon side have been regular pre-season opponents for the first team, with visits arranged in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 before the most recent visit in 2017.

In almost all cases, this fixture has represented Yeovil Town's last pre-season friendly before the first team's League season commences, so we'll make a calculated guess that this is a first team match, rather than an Academy fixture although in practice it has often been used to field 'squad' players to keep them match fit.

On that assumption, the revised schedule for pre-season looks as follows:

Yeovil Town First Team:
Hereford vs Yeovil Town, Friday 12th July, (at AFC Bideford, 7.30p.m.)
Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town, Saturday 20th July (Avenue Stadium, 3.00p.m.)
Taunton Town vs Yeovil Town, Tuesday 23rd July (Wordsworth Drive, 7.45p.m.)
Tiverton Town vs Yeovil Town, Tuesday 30th July (Ladysmead, 7.30p.m.)

Yeovil Town Under-18s Pre-Season Schedule:
Tue 09/07/2019 : Wincanton Town (Home, 7.30p.m., Alvington Training Ground)
Fri 12/07/2019 : Bristol City Academy (Away, venue and kick-off TBA)
Sat 20/07/2019 : Melksham Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Oakfield Stadium).
Sat 27/07/2019 : Poole Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Tatnam Farm)

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6 June 2019 : Glovers First Team Arrange Three Pre-Season Friendlies
Yeovil Town's first team have arranged three pre-season friendlies. All three matches will be played away from home, with Hereford, Dorchester Town and Taunton Town the opposition. The match against the Bulls will be played at a neutral venue, with the Bulls taking part in a pre-season tour of Devon - as a result AFC Bideford will be hosting the fixture.

That will be the first match, played on a Friday night, and will be followed by a familiar trip to the Avenue Stadium eight days later. Then on the following Tuesday, Yeovil Town will travel to Wordsworth Drive for a match against Taunton. There will be more pre-season friendlies arranged in due course, but for the moment, the first team's choice is as follows:

Hereford vs Yeovil Town, Friday 12th July, (at AFC Bideford, 7.30p.m.)
Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town, Saturday 20th July (Avenue Stadium, 3.00p.m.)
Taunton Town v Yeovil Town, Tuesday 23rd July (Wordsworth Drive, 7.45p.m.)

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6 June 2019 : Fourth Academy Pre-Season Friendly Arranged
Yeovil Town's Academy have arranged a fourth pre-season friendly for the 2019-20 season. In addition to the matches against Wincanton Town, Melksham Town and Poole Town they will be travelling to play Bristol City's Academy side on Friday 12th July.

At present the venue and kick-off time have not been disclosed for the latest friendly. The Under-18s schedule now reads as follows:

Yeovil Town Under-18s Pre-Season Schedule:
Tue 09/07/2019 : Wincanton Town (Home, 7.30p.m., Alvington Training Ground)
Fri 12/07/2019 : Bristol City Academy (Away, venue and kick-off TBA)
Sat 20/07/2019 : Melksham Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Oakfield Stadium).
Sat 27/07/2019 : Poole Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Tatnam Farm)

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5 June 2019 : Football Banning Order Issued Against Yeovil Town Fan Following Exeter Incident
A Yeovil Town supporter has been issued with a Football Banning Order after he was found guilty of an offence committed during a League Two match in December 2018. Nathan Sherfield, who is 29 years old, was found guilty at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 4th June (yesterday) of using threatening words or behaviour inside a football ground, during the club's match against Exeter City at St James Park on Boxing Day.

Sherfield, identified as from Monks Ford in Wookey, was arrested during the match with the Court also hearing that he directed homophobic abuse towards unnamed person(s) in the ground. According to the Exeter Express and Echo the Court agreed that his actions 'risked contributing to violence and disorder'. As a result, in addition to the criminal offence, Devon and Cornwall Police successfully applied for a Three Year Football Banning Order. As a result, Sherfield must not:

1. Attend any football matches
2. Enter a town or city where England are playing
3. Go within two miles of Yeovil Town FC on match days
4. Change address without informing the Football Banning Orders Authority

If he breaches any of the above conditions during the Three Year period, that will also be deemed to be a criminal offence, and thus he would return to Court for a second hearing.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. He was fined a total of £350, which included a basic fine of £170, with a surcharge on top due to the homophobic nature of the language used, which classified it as a hate crime. On top of the fine, he was also told to pay Court Costs and a surcharge of £120.

This is the first Football Banning Order associated with Yeovil Town FC since January 2014, when a spectator invaded the pitch after the final whistle in the January 2014 FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient - that ban has since been fully served, with the club's supporters having had zero in progress Banning Orders up until this point.

Generally speaking, the club have had one of the lowest arrest records in the top five divisions. Government Home Office data showed zero arrests during the 2017-18 season, with only two arrests across the three seasons between 2015 and 2018. One of those was a spectator entering the field of play, whilst another was for an alleged pyrotechnics offence where our understanding is the defendant was found not guilty.

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5 June 2019 : BBC Somerset Audio : You're Killing My Club - Yeovil Town's Story
Yesterday, BBC Somerset broadcasted a fans-based documentary on the end to Yeovil Town's 2018-19 season, and how everything unravelled at Huish Park. Featuring commentary from matches and contributions from some of the fans that were attending fixtures, reporter Jack Killah's coverage of the club's relegation from the Football League, and the aborted Ownership change can be listened to via the link below. The feature is 17 minutes long, so you might want to pour a drink before listening.

Link: BBC Sounds : You're Killing My Club - Yeovil Town's Story.

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5 June 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Question Of Time
Tuesday saw two statements issued regarding Yeovil Town's ongoing takeover discussions. One came from the club, providing yet another holding statement on the subject, whilst the second was a response to that from one of the three parties interested in purchasing the club. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the problem of delays in the process and why it matters to the club and the 2019-20 season. Read on via the link below, and feel free to comment at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Question Of Time.

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4 June 2019 : Club Bidder Theatens Withdrawal Over Delays In Yeovil Town Takeover Process
One of the three consortiums who are involved in the bidding process to buy Yeovil Town Football Club have raised concerns over the latest delays to the takeover process. It had been hoped that the club would select their preferred/exclusive party to buy Yeovil Town FC last Friday, but this decision was understood to be delayed until Tuesday. At lunchtime today, the club put out another holding statement indicating that they were still talking to their shortlisted parties, but that a decision on which consortium they would move forward with would now only be undertaken by the end of this week - a delay on the original process of a full week.

With the planned schedule now overrunning, one of those interested parties has contacted BBC Points West reporter Andy Howard to express their concerns over the delays and where that may leave their plans for the 2019-20 season, or even the takeover of the club itself. Their statement reads:

"We are on the point of withdrawing our offer for YTFC due to the continued delay and our inability to get a straight answer from the current owner. We are continually being given deadlines when a decision will be made and everytime it's pushed back. We also understand that players are being sold which is not professional or helpful for the club moving forward. Mindful of the time it will take to conduct due diligence and that, at least, a new manager needs appointing as a priority, our targeted completion date of 1st July looks increasingly unachievable. We are currently reviewing our position."

The club's final match of the 2018-19 season took place one month ago today, ending their stay in the Football League. Since that point, the club have allowed their entire first team coaching and backroom staff to depart the club. In addition, whilst they remain without a first team manager, no new players have been recruited to replace the nine players who were released at the end of last season. The first team have yet to arrange a single pre-season friendly despite training theoretically restarting in just 27 days time. The obvious concern from the prospective buyers - and this will be felt by the other two bidders - is that any delays to the takeover process will impact on the 2019-20 season and put the club into further jeopardy.

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4 June 2019 : Three Separate Bidders Shortlisted For Yeovil Town Takeover
Yeovil Town are in "final discussions" with three separate groups that are aiming to buy the Football Club. Last Thursday, on May 30th, the Glovers issued a formal statement indicating they had a 'shortlist' of interested bidders but planned to make a decision on which one to adopt over the next few days, with separate reports that a deadline had been set for the end of the month.

They are still working with three candidate groups, and have now pledged that they will make a decision on which one to adopt as a preferred bidder before the weekend. They plan to issue a further statement on this by 4.00p.m. on Friday. There had been hopes that there would be some sort of a decision or an announcement at some point today, but instead the following holding statment has been issued by the club:

"The club can confirm it is in final discussions with three closely matched groups wishing to buy Yeovil Town Football Club. Negotiations with these parties are at a detailed and delicate stage and a decision on which party to go forward with will be made before the weekend. The club fully appreciates fans’ eagerness to see the ownership question concluded and, therefore, a further statement will be issued no later than 4pm on Friday."

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4 June 2019 : BBC Somerset Documentary On The Club's Relegation And Ownership Issues
Tonight will see BBC Somerset air a radio documentary programme covering the current plight of Yeovil Town Football Club. Produced by reporter Jack Killah, the feature will cover the club's relegation from the Football League, combined with the ongoing ownership issues at Huish Park that have contributed to those problems.

Entitled "You're Killing My Club - The Yeovil Town Story", the documentary will be broadcast from tonight at some point during Charlie Taylor's show, which runs from 7.00p.m. until 10.00p.m. - at present we're not sure exactly which part of the show they'll run this feature.

The BBC's programme features a number of interviews recorded with Yeovil Town supporters during the final few weeks of the 2018-19 season, and during the aftermath of the season that saw the club return to the National League. As part of a preview to that show, BBC Somerset Breakfast Show presenter Claire Carter pointed out that the BBC had attempted to get senior personnel from the club involved with that documentary as well as onto her own programme, but had met with refusals. She explained:

"We have asked the club to speak to us on numerous occasions, and I can back that up. I know that from many journalists here, and I know that on Breakfast we've asked to speak to many people at the club. Every single time we get turned down. Chairman John Fry continues to say no, to coming onto this programme. I leave that invitation open. Whenever John Fry would like to come onto the programme and have a chat about what is going on at Yeovil Town, there is a place for him here. There is a time."

If we can get a more certain time when the show will include the documentary, we'll include it on our Twitter page and Facebook Group as well as updating this article. Otherwise, tune in from 7.00p.m. tonight.

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4 June 2019 : Last First Team Backroom Coaching Staff Announces Departure
Yeovil Town physio Mike Micciche has announced that he is leaving the club. He has become the final member of the first team coaching and management staff to leave the building, with first team manager Darren Way sacked on March 24th, whilst first team coaches Paul Terry and Neale Marmon, goalkeeping coach Steve Phillips and Football Operations Assistant Yiannis Iosif all leaving in mid-May.

Micciche was brought in as a physio for the club during 2010, working for the club's Centre of Excellence as well as acting as the Under-18s physio on matchdays. However he became the club's main first team physio in January 2011 when Simon Baker left the club, and so served under Terry Skiverton, Gary Johnson, Paul Sturrock, Darren Way and briefly Neale Marmon as the main physio in charge of all first team activities.

Mike has announced his own departure from the club this morning, and has singled out Skiverton for praise upon his exit from the club:

"Today brings a fresh start. Goodbye and good luck to all at Yeovil Town. After nine seasons with many ups and downs, today is the day I move on from Yeovil Town FC. It was a difficult decision but I move on to a new challenge where I can spend more time with my family. I would like to thank everyone at the football club for their support, with a special mention to Terry Skiverton for bringing me to the club in 2010 and putting trust in me at such a young age. I hope the club bounce back swiftly, and I will forever have the club in my heart."

His departure means there are no staff in charge of any first team affairs remaining at Huish Park, with today marking one month since the 2018-19 campaign ended.

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3 June 2019 : Glovers Arrange Dolphins Pre-Season Trip
Yeovil Town have arranged a third pre-season friendly for the 2019-20 season. They have arranged a match against Southern League Premier Division South side Poole Town that will take place on Saturday 27th July, with what we presume will be a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Dolphins were divisional Play-Off Finalists at the end of the 2018-19 season, and so were only a short distance away from playing at National League South level for the coming season.

Although Poole's publishing of the fixture merely describes it as a match against 'Yeovil Town', when this match took place last year on the same weekend, it was an Academy side that travelled down to Tatnam Farm, rather than the first team, who ended up with a match at Corby Town on the same day. Hence until told otherwise (and particularly given the club still have no first team management) we'll make an assumption for the moment that this is a fixture for the club's Under-18s side. If new information emerges, we'll provide an update.

In what are almost certainly Academy fixtures, the club will also play Melksham Town and Wincanton Town during pre-season. Fixtures are as shown below:

Yeovil Town Under-18s Pre-Season Schedule:
Tue 09/07/2019 : Wincanton Town (Home, 7.30p.m., Alvington Training Ground)
Sat 20/07/2019 : Melksham Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Oakfield Stadium).
Sat 27/07/2019 : Poole Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Tatnam Farm)

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3 June 2019 : 2019-20 Season Ticket Deadline Extended Due To Pending Huish Park Developments
Yeovil Town have provided an extension on their 'early bird' deadline for purchasing a Season Ticket for the 2019-20 season. The club have stated that this has been done due to pending discussions regarding a replacement finance option for those wishing to make staged payments for their Season Tickets, as well as due to 'pending developments' at Huish Park.

The latter factor is likely to be the one that is carrying the most weight. With the club still having no first team management in place, and with the Glovers currently undergoing a second round of takeover talks following the collapse of Rob Couhig's takeover in early May, the club remains in a state of flux, with little direction for the coming season.

In addition, the printed versions of the application forms, which are generally posted out to current and recent Season Ticket Holders, have yet to be posted out, but are expected to be later this week.

As a result, fans will now have until 4.00p.m. on Friday 28th June - a two week extension - to make their decisions on their season ticket packages and to retain their existing seat/space in the ground. It is also hoped that by then, a replacement for Zebra Finance, who provided the credit-based payment options, may also be closer to a solution.

For full details on the Season Ticket Packages, view the earlier article below. Note that prices for individual match tickets have yet to be finalised, and so are not currently available.

Link: 2019-20 Season Ticket Packages Published.

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3 June 2019 : Gateshead Launch Written Appeal Against National League Suspension
National League side Gateshead have launched an official appeal against the sanctions issued against them at the end of the 2018-19 season. The penalties included their suspension from the competition and a refusal of a licence for the 2019-20 season, which currently means they would face a double relegation from fifth tier football. They had also been fined £3,500 and given a nine point penalty for the 2018-19 season that has seen them dropped from 9th to 17th in that final season table.

It is of course the refusal of a licence to play in the National League next season that is the greatest motive for their appeal. The Tyne and Wear club are currently in the process of finalising a supporter-led takeover of their club, led by Neil Pinkerton and Trevor Clark, who have now purchased the shareholding of the club from Hong Kong based businessman Ranjan Varghese. It is the infringements committed under the Varghese ownership that have provoked the sanctions by the National League, with the club having failed to pay players wages, as well as being kicked out of their Gateshead International Stadium, after falling behind on their rental payments.

As such, Gateshead were deemed to be in breach of Football Creditors rules, and were without an active leasehold agreement for a stadium to stage matches for the 2019-20 season. That led to the National League's decision to throw them out of the league. However, with the new men now officially in charge - backed by the club's Gateshead Soul Supporters Association, and two former Rochdale Board members in Chris Dunphy and Bill Goodwin, they are now planning forward and have submitted a written appeal that according to the Sunderland Echo has now been received by the Football Association.

It's not been stated under what basis the appeal has been launched, although the Echo states that the new Board have agreed a five year lease with Gateshead Council who own the stadium, and are currently working through the debts clocked up by the previous incumbents. Any appeal will need to be heard quickly by the FA if it is to not cause chaos throughout tier five, six and seven of the English football pyramid. The National League AGM is due to take place on June 8th 2019, when the league pledged to confirm the 68 clubs that would form their three divisions for the 2019-20 season, with the Northern Premier League also potentially impacted depending on the outcome of Gateshead's case.

For Yeovil Town, the main question will be whether they take on Gateshead for the first time since the 1997-98 season, or whether Aldershot Town would earn a reprieve from their 2018-19 relegation. Yeovil Town have not played competitively against the 1992 incarnation of the Shots, with the last match involving a team from Aldershot coming in the form of three FA Cup First Round ties during November 1955 against the club that existed between 1926 and 1992.

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2 June 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Crunch
This week's statement from the football club, suggests that Yeovil Town are once again going to see ownership issues dominate proceedings. For the latest Taff's Gloversblog, it's the return of Cruncher after a five year (!) break as a guest writer. He believes fans need to avoid complacency in waiting for the outcome of this latest round of talks, and questions how strong the motive to sell is. Read his article via the link below, and as usual feel free to add your own views at the foot.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Crunch.

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1 June 2019 : Former Loanee Hedges Reported As Heading To Scotland For Next Career Move
Former Yeovil Town winger Ryan Hedges may be about to travel north of the border for his next career move. The 23 year old has spent the last two-and-a-half years on the books of Barnsley, and was part of their side that gained promotion from League One at the end of the 2018-19 season, making 26 appearances and scoring one goal. However, Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen are reportedly trying to sign him up on a free transfer, with the former Swansea City Academy graduate out of contract this summer.

Barnsley have offered Hedges a new deal to stay with the Yorkshire side, but the Football Insider website reports that Hedges is currently up in Scotland undergoing a medical, ahead of signing a contract at Pittodrie under Derek McInnes. Overall, Hedges made 59 appearances for Barnsley after cutting short his 2016-17 season loan spell with Yeovil Town, although 41 of those came from the substitutes bench, with him largely being used as a 'squad' player within their ranks. Hence assuming the reports of a medical prove true, it may suggest he's looking to leave Oakwell in search of more regular football, or at least more minutes on the pitch.

Link: Ryan Hedges : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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