Yeovil Town's issues with Isthmian League Premier Division side Lowestoft Town continue this morning, with their first team manager giving his views on the Glovers failure to arrange a pre-season friendly in Suffolk. Nine days ago, the Trawler Boys accused the Glovers of reneging on the contractual obligations that were established as part of the transfer of Curtis Haynes-Brown down to Huish Park.
Their Chairman Gary Keyzor claims that he has reported the Glovers to the Football Association over the issue. Director of Football Craig Fleming has been interviewed by today's Pink 'Un newspaper which covers the East Anglian region. He backs up his Chairman's views and points out that they had experienced problems with Yeovil Town when the original transfer went through:
"Iím really disappointed Ė we had a few wranglings with Yeovil when they actually signed Curtis and a key part of the deal was the friendly that came about as a result of it. We let him go really Ė the deal certainly wasnít as clean-cut as we would have liked. Itís in an FA contract that a friendly against their first team would be part of the deal. They said that they could send their youth side but thatís not good enough."
Fleming adds that they had been hoping to centre their pre-season schedule around the visit of the Glovers and the return of Haynes-Brown to his former club, which they believe would have brought a large crowd to their Crown Meadow ground. With that now unlikely to happen, the club are pushing for compensation, using the FA to settle the issue between the two clubs:
"Itís very disappointing because we were basing a lot of our pre-season around it. We wanted to finish our pre-season campaign against them and we were all really looking forward to it. Obviously I look at it from a football point of view but the chairman is right to point to the financial side of it as well. We would have expected a bumper crowd to come out and welcome back a popular player to Crown Meadow and then you have to factor in all the bar takings and that sort of thing as well. I hope the FA can do something about it because it is just plain wrong."
As yet, Yeovil Town have not made any comment on the issue, in the nine days that have passed since Lowestoft issued their first statement.
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