Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is staying focussed upon his own role at the club, despite reports this week of the Glovers being in talks with a locally-based consortium. Whilst a club statement on Monday 'categorically denied' that there was any truth in those claims, there has been a growing belief throughout this season that a group that includes a number of Glovers supporters has been holding talks to try to persuade current owner Norman Hayward and Chairman John Fry to give up the reins.
Way stopped short of saying whether he thought such a consortium existed or not, but believed that if any prospective owners did come knocking on the door, that the current owner would be willing to sell. However, he claimed that any incoming owner would need a 'wealth of money' to be able to buy the club and operate it. He said that he was not thinking too hard about the situation at present:
"No, I think that if anyone comes along with loads of money, you're going to sell it to the right person. In football, that doesn't change. The conversations that I've had with the Chairman and the Owner have been good conversations. I don't let that affect me. I think you've got to have a wealth of money now to run a football club, with the figures that I'm looking at, and how difficult it is to be a Chairman."
Way said that such off-the-field debate was always guaranteed to exist at a football club, no matter what level they played at. He also claimed that 'unrest' was there at Huish Park, even whilst the club were in the Championship. He said that he would just concentrate upon keeping the players happy, and praised the Directors for getting the club into second tier football:
"Let's be honest, with the work the Directors have done, certainly in the years that I've been here, they've been on an incredible journey to the Championship. There's always a little bit of unrest. When we were in the Championship, we had supporters moaning about a pie and a pasty, and we only averaged five-and-a-half thousand, and that's one league away from the Premier League. So there's always going to be a topic of conversation, no matter which football club you are at. All you can do as a manager is be focussed, and make sure that when things aren't going too well, that you show leadership skills and come up with a plan to make sure the players are enjoying working in the environment that they're working in."
With respect to Way's comments about their attendances during the 2013-14 season in the Championship, Yeovil Town crowds averaged 6,616 that season, with a high of 9,108 - the highest set of crowd figures in the club's history. This season's crowds are currently averaging 2,687 with a high of 3,754 - the club's lowest statistics since the 1999-2000 season.
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