Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has signed a new contract that will tie him to the club until the summer of 2006, according to the Official Site. The three year deal was revealed at a Press Conference being held at Huish Park today at 1.00pm.
Chairman John Fry kicked off proceedings with more than a wry nod to the way that Yeovil Town have spend many a summer by joking: "There have been several changes going in at the club of late and I'm pleased to announce that those changes do not involve the manager!"
Speaking at the Press Conference, Gary Johnson said of his signature: "You have to make sure with your family that it is the right decision. I've really enjoyed my time here at Yeovil. It's a three year contract from today and I have to aim now for the next target and that is second division football. I've said before I hope it won't take another 108 years to achieve that. The club and the players keep proving they are ambitious so we are all trying to achieve the right target. You have to keep your feet on the ground and be realistic as well though in knowing that to achieve those aims you will be faced with a lot of hard work as well. What we do know though is that it is going to be an absolutely fabulous season for this football club playing in the third division. Yes we are aiming to win it but there will be games we don't win and it will be down to us, how as a football club we cope with that."
Chairman John Fry said the main purpose of next season was to enjoy the experience and to provide entertainment: "The Directors and myself were more than overjoyed that Gary has agreed to sign a contract for more than two years and he is here now to see if he can push us up The Football League. I'd like to stress the point that we want everybody to enjoy themselves next season including the team and the manager. It's going to be a big job but if we can entertain people irrespective of our league position we'll get big crowds which will help the long term future of the club."
Meanwhile following Saturday's launch of Yeovil Til I Die - the fans eye book written by Brendon Owen - the club are bringing out their own book of the 2002/03 season. Simply entitled "Champions", the Official Site reports it as a 104 page full colour book on "170 gsm matt art paper". Over 200 photographs are included and the book will be available from Thursday 12th June. The club are launching the book from a mobile caravan in the Quedam Centre and Glovers manager Gary Johnson will be in attendance. Price is £9.99.
Finally, the Official Site also reports our news from Saturday regarding the visit of BBC Radio chief Greg Dyke to Huish Park this week. More significantly, the article adds that "BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset Sound will be broadcasting all away games live" which is certainly welcome news indeed for all supporters.
Now can we persuade the Powers That Be at Bristol to add some sort of Internet broadcast link for those who live outside the area? Go on, you know you want to ...
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