YEOVIL NEED TO PLAY THE LONG GAME

The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO -

BY THE time you read this, Yeovil could be con­demned to League Two – just a year af­ter they were play­ing in the Cham­pi­onship.

It’s very sad be­cause I had a great time play­ing at Huish Park and they’re a club whose re­sults I al­ways look out for.

Paul Stur­rock has now been ap­pointed manager but, for me, it’s the whole men­tal­ity of the club that needs to change.

I re­mem­ber los­ing 3-2 at Charl­ton and the chair­man came in af­ter­wards. He ba­si­cally said: ‘Don’t worry lads, I didn’t ex­pect us to win to­day any­way’.

It’s that small club ethos. It was al­most like you turn up and make a day of it, but the re­sult is nei­ther here nor there.

There’s never any struc­ture or real progress. They never of­fer play­ers two or three year deals and try to build. In my day we had a good squad of play­ers but we all left in the sum­mer.

The club showed no real im­pe­tus to say ‘Right, let’s keep our best six play­ers and re­ally give this a push’.

Yes, money is tight. But even when they got to the Cham­pi­onship the money wasn’t re­ally rein­vested, de­spite the ac­counts show­ing an an­nual profit.

Ev­ery­thing is run sea­son to sea­son. If they get good play­ers in, they have a good sea­son. If they get bad ones in… well, this hap­pens.

Some­thing has to change or they could soon find them­selves back in the Con­fer­ence.

BOSS: Paul Stur­rock

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