Glovers Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry has hinted that despite First Team manager Steve Thompson having made a "tremendous achievement" in keeping the side in League One this season, that his future position within the club may depend upon changes in working "conditions" that may affect the way Steve works. Speaking to today's Western Daily Press, John has hinted that there may be changes afoot, but does not make any suggestions as to where they may lie.
The Yeovil Chairman explained: "We are looking first to review and assess the situation. We will be meeting as a group and asking if people want to take up positions in what will be a greater challenge. But we look to consult rather than make knee-jerk decisions. I have already had meetings with Steve Thompson and we both recognise there is a lot to talk about and review in terms of the conditions as to how we are going to improve. Those conditions could prove to be a sticking point."
It is of course impossible to firmly predict what such "sticking points" could be. However, it is possible to speculate that these changes could relate to the scope of Steve Thompson's responsibilities or the people he works with or reports to. For example Fry has often in the past spoken of a Director of Football position and so this is one such proposal that Thommo could see landed on the table. In such a hypothetical scenario, much then would depend upon whether Steve was able to work within such a structure.
Fry adds: "We are now in a consultation phase and have been in discussions with the directors and Steve Thompson this week. We are hoping we can conclude this fairly soon but it can be sensitive because we are still in the season. We know what we want to do and we have to explain to people where we are coming from and going to."
The outcome of those discussions may not be known for the next week or two and Fry has called for patience from those waiting the outcome: "We are grateful to the fans for their magnificent support this season and we need a bit of patience as we deal with what needs to be dealt with over the next week or so."
The Chairman has made clear though, that the club's objectives for the 2005/06 season were met by the management team when he added: "Staying up is a tremendous achievement that is on a par with most things we have achieved in recent years. Credit is due to everyone for sticking to their guns and steering us through some dodgy waters."
The main concern for Yeovil Town supporters will be if such replanning is of such a fundamental nature that it prevents player contracts being landed on the table for those who have been critical to the club's success. It is not clear at this stage as to whether the discussions between Fry and Thompson are a dependency on the issuing of players contracts, or whether this is simply fine-tuning that can proceed in parallel with getting a squad together for the 2006/07 season.
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