Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that there is too much pressure on the football club during the January transfer window. The Glovers are currently midway through the month where most mid-season changes are done, and so far the club has allowed five players to leave Huish Park, with two new loan signings arriving so far. On the back of last weekend's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town that saw that duo make their debuts, and ahead of a huge six-pointer against Notts County, Way claims there is a lot of interest in his players during the month, which creates uncertainty.
As yet, apart from those Way has voluntarily let go, there have been no sightings of any transfer bids or rumourmill articles around the online media regarding Yeovil Town players, although Way stated last week that there had been some 'interest' in his players, stating that communication did not relate to defender Tom James, who came close to leaving the club during the August transfer window. He suggested the level of interest was down to his side having 'young talent' within its ranks:
"I'm trying to understand why there's so much pressure on this football club in January transfer windows. It's not the first time that I've had to deal with it, but I don't like the uncertainty. It's very difficult to deal with. We've got a lot of players that are on one year contracts, and if they're not playing, or they're playing well, there's always interest, because of the club that we are. We develop young players; we develop young talent. I always say it, that if I was at another club, the first club that I would be looking at for young talent would be Yeovil."
The Glovers go into Saturday's match facing a Notts County side that are in big problems. They currently lie at the bottom of the Football League, and six points adrift of safety - a position occupied by Yeovil Town in 22nd place. They are also on their third manager of the season, with former AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley having looked after their last eleven games. Way felt that their decision to change managers twice will have been a costly one or them. He also made a bold claim about his own side's strength compared to last week's promotion-chasing opposition:
"They've got very good backing, and it just goes to show why changing the manager is not always the option. How much that's cost them, I wouldn't like to think. But it shows how desperate everyone is, to make sure that they maintain their Football League status. That's one thing that I've made made clear; it's important that this football club maintains its Football League status, and that it unites and sticks together. It's making sure that we're organised, and with the attacking threat that we've got, that we cause them real problems, and we focus on our strengths, which is what we did against Mansfield. With all of the resources that Mansfield have got, even with the two new signings, I think man for man we've got better players."
Way's team go into the Notts County game on a poor run of home form that stretches back as far as February 13th 2018. Since that point, they've won only one League Two home game, with even that coming back in August 2018, and so will hope to use the lift from the Mansfield win to get rid of that record. The Glovers boss suggested that 'pressure' on his side during the December 2018 Forest Green Rovers match, that saw his side concede twice during second half injury time came from the crowd, and resulted in mistakes being made, as his team threw away a 1-0 advantage to lose the game:
"If I could ask the crowd to get behind the team for 90-plus minutes, because we all know what happened against Forest Green. That's pressure and that's what happens. If you build too much pressure on a young team, sometimes they force mistakes. We keep making a big thing of this home situation. We've asked ourselves as to why the situation is like it is at home, when at home it should be a fortress. But we've focussed on our performance and making sure we deal with anything that happens. Twenty-five minutes has been a regular problem, where we've gone 1-0 down against the run of play. One or two decisions are going against us, and it's important with our reaction to that. By going 1-0 up, we've proven on a number of occasions that we've been very difficult to beat."
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