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Gary Johnson denies demanding £5M Yeovil Town budget and hits back at ultimatum claims

By WGSweet  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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Gary Johnson has hit back at Internet reports he has demanded a £5M player budget and insisted he has not given Yeovil Town an ultimatum on his future.

The Glovers boss met with his board of directors on Monday to discuss how they can bounce back from relegation from the Sky Bet Championship to League One.

Johnson admitted he had asked for assurances that the board would keep the club competitive, but slammed “Chinese whispers” that suggested he wanted a sum believed to be almost three-times its current total to build a squad.

“It has been shown to me that I said on Points West that I have asked for £5M,” he said. “Firstly, anyone can see the footage and see that I didn’t ask for that amount and secondly it’s a little bit disturbing as those things don’t help.

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“That will make people think ‘Gary’s given them an ultimatum, he’s gone for a figure that he can no way ask for, he’s on his way’. That’s not true, I’ve got another year on my contract.”

As Johnson remained coy on his future during Monday’s short BBC interview - refusing to say either way if he would be at the club in August - fans reacted with concern on social networks.

However, the former Bristol City man was quick to stress how both calm and positive Monday’s meeting at Huish Park was.

Johnson said: “There has been no dreaded ultimatum. The only thing was that all managers are ambitious and they have got to be part of an ambitious football club.

“All you want is assurances that the club is going to stay competitive or become competitive. It was a very positive meeting all round, so there was no banging the table or anything.

“But Chinese whispers and by they time they get around everywhere, everybody is fighting for millions of pounds.”

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