Yeovil Town Ladies have successfully completed their company takeover. Outgoing owner Steve Allinson offered the club for sale last month after the club's drop out of the FAWSL1 division, seeing it as the right moment for the club to be given new blood. He has now passed control of the female Glovers to Dorset based businessman and former AFC Bournemouth owner Adam Murry, with the deal being completed yesterday. Murry has said of the takeover:
"This is a hugely exciting time for women's football. There has never been as much interest in the women's game and I am delighted to have been able to support the take-over. This great club has absolutely enormous potential. We want to create a solid investment in the clubs structure, from the 1st Team right through to the Academies, with plans to take the club back into the higher leagues. We have selected a management team going forward, to create a solid platform and structure to build and develop on all at a higher level. This is a great time for women's football as England's success in the World Cup has clearly shown."
Murry, who is originally from Bournemouth, heads up an Elite Soccer Academy located in Tampa, Florida USA, where women's soccer is taken extremely seriously. In 2008, he headed up the rescue of AFC Bournemouth after it was placed in administration. One of his earliest decisions was to appoint Eddie Howe as first team manager when the club was rock bottom of League Two, starting the season with minus 17 points due to penalties associated with their administration.
He takes over a Ladies club that has also had recent financial challenges. Following their relegation from the FAWSL, they were refused an operating licence for the Championship and so will start the 2019-20 season playing in the Women's National League which is a third tier division.
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