Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has said that his decision to open up first team training sessions to the general public is influenced by his experience of playing for and managing German clubs during his career. The 57 year old has spent the majority of his career working with German third tier and amateur clubs where supporters are given open access to the stadium and training ground outside matchdays, rather than seeing the doors locked, or where training sessions are off-limits to fans.
Marmon, who has taken over on a temporary basis as manager, following the sacking of Darren Way on Sunday, has told BBC Somerset that he believes that buying fans into the way that the team train during the week will help in understanding performances on matchdays, and so sees the way of working over the next month as being a normal situation for him:
"In Germany it's normal, apart from maybe one day a week where they train behind closed doors. But generally there's always a big contact with the fans, so they're able to justify why players in certain situations aren't as good as they are, or not. I think it gets the atmosphere going and fans can automatically judge how players are. I think the key word is transparency. If you are authentic and transparent, then if the performance is not up to the way that it should be, then fans will accept it because they know how those people are working and how they act."
The former Colchester United central defender has given his own views on his role at the club, explaining that the original plan was that he was going to learn about how the club was being run before moving in as the Sporting Director once the new ownership was confirmed under Rob Couhig. However, he now expects to keep the Caretaker Manager role until the end of the 2018-19 season, and only then make way for any permanent managerial appointment:
"I'm here until the end of the season, but basically with the role with the new consortium coming in, the plan was to instate me in the role as a Sporting Director. But we'll have to obviously wait and see what league we're playing in. For me, I've been able to watch the players since January. I've obviously had lots of talks with them, so it wasn't really a difficult decision for me to say that I'd like to do it. I never put myself at the front, because I'm the type of guy where I think you let the team do the talking. We prepare them as we should do, as professionals, and I think if you give them the tools to work with and most importantly that the fans are behind them, then we can rock."
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