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Boss demands progress off field as team continues run

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

CLAWED BACK:  Yeovil Town's Jamie McAllister joins Ishmael Miller in celebrating his equalising penalty against Charlton Athletic. The Glovers have now gone three games unbeaten and manager Gary Johnson has demanded progress off the pitch.  Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

CLAWED BACK: Yeovil Town's Jamie McAllister joins Ishmael Miller in celebrating his equalising penalty against Charlton Athletic. The Glovers have now gone three games unbeaten and manager Gary Johnson has demanded progress off the pitch. Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

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GARY Johnson has demanded Yeovil Town stop talking and start acting to provide the club with Sky Bet Championship-standard facilities even if it requires external help.

In the past week the Glovers' boss has guided his team to the brink of leaving the second tier's relegation zone but now wants the Huish Park outfit to demonstrate progress off the field.

With two Premier League starlets and a former top flight attacker who has been sold for millions in his career starring in back-to-back wins, Johnson is frustrated his side are forced to travel up to half an hour to train on school pitches.

Plans for a supermarket at the club's current home, which would in turn fund ground improvements, show few signs of progression and although currently displaying their Championship quality in games, the manager warned there was only so much longer that standard could be kept without extra support.

He said: "We're having to be relentless because we haven't got all of those facilities that all the other clubs at our level have.

"We have to train half an hour up the road and we've still got some things that we have got to do to catch up with some of the bigger teams we're supposed to be competing against. We've got to do that pretty quickly.

"At this club it takes too long to get change, that's whether it's help from outside or whatever. How long have we been trying to bring in help?

"Credit to Sherborne School and Buckler's Mead Academy for giving us those facilities as without them we would be struggling.

"It always seems to take a long time to catch up and we're going to need to catch up as we can't keep flogging ourselves.

"We have spent most of the day working out where we're going to go and what we're going to do. That's not just on the football field, that's our programme.

"How are we going to put together a programme that's conducive to players here that are coming from Premier League clubs?

"As a club we've got to catch up as quickly as we can and we might need some outside help. We will have to see if that comes. There does seem to be a lot going on but not a lot happening."

Johnson added that the signings of Ishmael Miller, John Lundstram and Adam Morgan showed the club was progressing in one department but demanded more movement elsewhere.

"You can see we're moving in a forward direction when a Nottingham Forest striker that's been sold for millions and has been at Manchester City and QPR is convinced to come here," he said.

"We can convince the Liverpool and Everton boys to come to Yeovil. Those are people a lot of clubs wanted. Our reputation is out there and we're enhancing it but we have got to keep working hard on that and make sure we catch up with the facilities they are used to.

"If people start expecting us to compete with the teams we have got to be doing something about it ourselves. You can be relentless for a particular amount of time, but you can't be that forever. You sometimes need help.

"Nothing's changed from last week to this other than me coming in and letting people know we're competing at a level we're a long way behind.

"It's all very good when people pat you on the back but it can't be like that forever. If we're going to compete at this level we've got to start making decisions or get help, whatever we need to do, so we can improve our players.

"Whether it's the council, financial outside help, the board of directors or us. We need to think bigger and there's no use thinking bigger if things don't happy for us or they take a year, five years or ten years to materialise.

"There are a lot of really good people around this club and it deserves a bit more help, maybe from the outside, maybe from the inside.

"Everyone has done fantastic to get here, but what are we going to do? Are we going to stand still and hope the manager get us out of trouble? Or can anyone who can help us come in and let us know?"

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