Yesterday, Yeovil Town announced that Neale Marmon would be acting as 'temporary' manager, in the wake of their decision to sack Darren Way from his first team management job. It is highly likely that Marmon will remain in charge whilst the club's ownership situation is resolved, with New Orleans lawyer Rob Couhig yet to assume control at Huish Park, meaning that at present he cannot appoint a new manager. If Marmon's early results are positive, then it is likely that the new owner would let sleeping dogs lie until the summer, meaning that Marmon could be in charge until the end of the 2018-19 season.
Marmon's arrival within the Glovers ranks wasn't very well documented, with no announcement by the club or in the local press when he appeared in the dugouts prior to the Mansfield Town match on January 12th. The only knowledge of his arrival came in via a BBC Somerset interview, where Way claimed that Marmon was someone who he had known for a number of years, through an Ipswich Town Academy contact. Later it transpired that Bournemouth-born Marmon was actually a friend of the club's football advisor Mark Palmer, and had been brought in on behalf of the prospective owners, to act as the eyes and ears, to give feedback to Palmer and Rob Couhig on how Way's tenure was developing. Marmon was the only member of the coaching staff present at a Hotel meeting involving Couhig and Palmer back in February, showing the unusual role that he had at the football club.
Two and a half months after his arrival at the club, Marmon unexpectedly finds himself in the hotseat at Huish Park. He is a 57 year old (born April 21st 1961) who was born in Bournemouth and had a brief career as a teenager with Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United as a central defender until in 1982 he made the unconventional decision to switch his career to the German leagues. The first pair of SC Rinteln and TuS Hessisch-Oldendorf were regional amateur teams based in Lower Saxony, before the main bulk of his playing career was spent with VfL Osnabrück, also in Lower Saxony, with the latter two being third tier clubs. There he spent five years, making 169 league appearances before a year with Hannover 96, playing in the German Second Division.
At this stage, Neale moved back to England where he spent eighteen months playing for Colchester United. He was their 1989-90 Player Of The Season, albeit in a year that saw them relegated from the Football League. That fall into the Conference meant that he was in the opposition line-up for the opening day of the 1990-91 season, in the first competitive fixture played at Huish Park.
Marmon moved back to Germany in 1991 after leaving Colchester, and spent two years with second tier side FC 08 Homburg, where he was part of a side that knocked Bayern Munich out of the German League Cup. He later dropped out of professional football, playing for FSV Salmrohr, SV Elversberg and SV Bliesen. Whilst at Elversberg he took over as player-manager, spending four and a half years as their boss, followed by a year managing third tier side SC Preußen Münster. He later had spells managing FC Kutzhogf and amateur side SG Schwemlingen/Tünsdorf/Ballern.
It's not too clear when he left his last club, with their status well down the German pyramid. However, he's had a career in the sports industry outside of that, working for a sports manufacturer in Merzig. He holds qualifications as a sports teacher and a physical therapist. Given his record and his age, it's unlikely that he would be considered for the Yeovil Town post on a permanent basis, but it wouldn't be too much of a surprise, given his friendship with Mark Palmer, if he kept some sort of a role at the club moving forward.
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