Yeovil Town have this afternoon issued a statement concerning this week's Western Gazette (see yesterday's news) where the paper stated that Chairman John Fry was laying down the ground for manager Russell Slade to be 'sold off' at the end of the season, with the paper claiming in their article that "boss Russell Slade may leave Yeovil Town at the end of the season".
Mr Fry has unsurprisingly reacted angrily to that and that club have described it as a 'misleading article' and have created 'something out of nothing'. The club's rebuttal to the Gazette's article quotes the Yeovil Chairman as saying:
"The Yeovil Town Football Club board totally supports manager Russell Slade in his quest to take the club into The Championship and beyond. At no time did I tell The Western Gazette anything else. We have supported Russell completely during his time at Huish Park, which has seen the club visit Wembley in the League One Play offs.
Russell still has nearly two years to run on his contract and we fully expect him to see out that contract and hopefully extend his stay at Huish Park beyond that contract. When a manager is successful it is inevitable that other clubs take notice but the way the Press have jumped on this story and created something out of nothing astounds me. Russell Slade is Yeovil Town's manager and as I have said we fully expect him to see out his contract to 2009 and beyond. That is an end to the matter as far as I am concerned."
Let's hope that Mr Fry's above words are given the same volume in next week's paper that this week's article was given, to ensure that his true feelings are communicated to their readership.
That all said, the club do need to take stock of the situation, and reconsider how they manage the press as this is becoming a bit of a recurring theme.
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