Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has responded to the minutes of the Supporters Alliance Group meeting that was held in December 2018. The Glovers boss was a guest at a special meeting that was convened by the club to discuss recent developments at Huish Park, including his awarding of a new contract, and the club's associated poor form on the pitch.
During the meeting, the minutes attributed Way as having said "that the fans knew nothing about football". Following Boxing Day's match against Exeter City, Way was asked by BBC Somerset reporter Chris Spittles to explain or justify his views. Initially he responded by stating he didn't know the context of the comments that had been made, but when it was explained to him by the BBC that this came from the Supporters Alliance meeting, he responded by saying:
"Well again that's news to me. I've had a lot of things written about me. I've had an individual tell lies about the budget. I just think there's a lot of people who are out to perhaps put the club into a position where rather than support me, or support the owner, or the Chairman. It's not easy. I understand that people want change. You've only got to look at Ipswich. I think Sunderland changed their manager how many times, during their period of a bad spell. You look at West Brom. So I understand these things happen, but I think there's one or two that are slaves to social media, that are trying to cause the team, myself, the Board bigger problems."
Way added that when the club were thrashed 8-2 at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town, on the opening day of the 2017-18 season, his playing squad had arranged for a refund on the match tickets to those who attended the game, and denied that he had ever disrespected the supporters at any time, although stopped short of explaining the views that he had given at that meeting:
"I've been a great supporter of this football club, on and off the pitch. I've never disrespected the fans in any shape or form. I come out every week. We got beaten 8-2 at Luton and the first thing I tried to do, was to make sure we paid the supporters. So I know, and supporters that know me would probably understand I would never do that. So whoever has put that down, perhaps has either phrased it in the wrong way, or they need to have a good look at themselves."
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