Friday, 6 May 2011

Interesting summer ahead for Glovers

WITH their League One status finally confirmed Yeovil appeared to relax a little on Saturday and finally found the net four times for the first time at home this season.

What a welcome relief to the loyal supporters that have had to endure some dire football and lack of goals at Huish Park this campaign.

Players will soon be off on their holidays as the club looks forward to what could be an interesting summer.

The recent announcement that the club are to embark in a joint venture with West Country businessman Chris Dawson, owner of CDS, to develop the north end of the ground is good news, but subject to a successful planning application to build the leisure park and develop the stadium. Many believe this may not be that easy based on previous history, but it would give the club a boost off the field should it be successful.

However despite the news rumours still abound of a takeover, which could affect the situation both on and off the field.

From a playing point of view there is no doubt the club need stability and consistency, neither of which has been in abundance this season. Any takeover could seriously affect the chances of manager Terry Skiverton and his backroom boys being around come August.

Whilst as I predicted, Stephen Henderson swept the board at the end of season awards, like Steven Caulker who did likewise last year, it highlights the reliance on the number of loan players used by the club.

Whilst the club would have been in trouble without the stream of loanees, some of whom didn’t put their boots on for a variety of reasons, wouldn’t it be good if the management could find some money to purchase players who belong to the club.

I am not for one moment suggesting that they do not give their all when they are on the pitch, but let’s face it they are not playing for their next contract at Yeovil Town, and their focus must be on improving their chances of progress in their parent club.

I am also mystified by some of the signings that Skiverton has made.

Take Martin Gritton for example. He was signed a few weeks ago until the end of the season, and has been on the bench for the last five matches, but never once called upon to play.

I guess Skiverton will say he was signed as cover for a striker, but if he is not good enough to play what is the object of signing him? Aren’t you just wasting money by paying him? Or am I missing something?

Returning to Henderson for a moment, Yeovil have been blessed to have three cracking keepers on loan over the last couple of seasons or so, all of whom have been top class and saved the Glovers many points.

Surely the Bristol City loanee is due for higher things than Yeovil with his fantastic displays between the sticks, and we mustn’t forget Alex McCarthy who has just been called up for the England squad for the U21 European Championships in June, and still has a chance of playing in the Premier League next season if Reading win the Championship play-offs.

Before that it was Asmir Begovic who is now keeping goal for FA Cup finalists Stoke City.
If Yeovil are looking to win back the fans next season they must start communicating and be more open with their thoughts before it is too late.

Now do I renew my season ticket? Ummm…

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