Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has stated that his club 'controls their own destiny' when it comes to the finances behind the organisation. The Ladies side operates in FA Women's Super League 2, and is currently sat on top of their division, hoping for promotion to the top tier of Women's football as the 2016 Season draws to an exciting close.
Last week, the Yeovil Town Ladies set-up was one of three key areas that Yeovil Town men's Chairman John Fry strongly implied were under threat if South Somerset District Council did not approve the club's currently dormant plans to redevelop Huish Park, with the club wanting to provide a retail-based development on two sports pitches behind the away end of the ground. The Yeovil Town Academy and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust were also claimed by Fry to be in jeopardy, suggesting the men's club would be 'unable to fund or accommodate' those three related organisations beyond the end of the 2016-17 Season.
Sherwood, who has been part of the club's set-up since June 2014, has told BBC Sport that his side are wholly financially independent and so do not rely upon the men's club for funding. He said that he was proud of the links the Ladies club had with the men's Glovers set-up, but said that in terms of financial affairs and operations, they were able to operate under their own steam. He played down Fry's comments:
"Sometimes as a little sister, a big brother can say something he didn't mean. This is what a family is like but be rest assured, our destiny is in our own hands. Nothing is begged or borrowed from the men's programme. We control our own destiny. No-one else controls it. We are an independent club - we have our financial structures, we have our own board. We have our own coaching staff. We are very proud to be part of Yeovil Town Football club because it is a massive football club in the south west. But I can assure every single one of our fans that our destiny is in our own hands and that's the way it will stay."
The Ladies will be seeking to control their own on-the-field destiny as well this coming Sunday when they take on Everton Ladies at Huish Park, in an FAWSL2 fixture. This match sees the Glovers in first place, taking on an Everton side who currently lie just two points behind, with a game in hand. As such, this match is a proverbial six-pointer and the Ladies will be hoping that serves as an opportunity for them to beat their current attendance record of 831 spectators. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day, with the match kicking off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday 25th September.
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