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Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson hopes development talk can cast off 'shackles preventing progress'

By WGSweet  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

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Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson. Picture by Steve Bond/Pinnacle

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YEOVIL Town manager Gary Johnson hopes that the club’s development plans returning to the limelight can cast off what the Glovers believe are shackles hindering their progress.

The Huish Park outfit want to build a supermarket on training pitches behind the Copse Road End that would in turn fund a new all-seater stand.

Venture partner Chris Dawson – owner of The Range and CDS International – last weekend said he was prepared to take South Somerset District Council to the House of Lords to earn a decision in Town’s favour, while the authority stated that the club had threatened to move sites entirely if planning permission was not granted.

Johnson admitted he did not fully understand the politics of the situation but said: “We’ve got a decent place here with decent areas and in my opinion we need to develop this area.

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“The houses here are happy there’s a football club on its doorstep and that’s how it’s been for a little while now.

“It’s a development area (neighbouring the Brimsmore key site) but the problem is for whatever reason we can’t develop.

“If we stay in the Championship we have to develop. If we stay here next year there’s a big decision to make because it has to soon become an all-seater.

“Hopefully things that have been said this week may or may not help it along. There’s politics and where there’s politics there’s got to be a discussion that has to be started and then finished.

“Hopefully we will come out of it pretty soon and the board (of directors) can let the public know exactly where they have got to.”

Speaking the media after a board meeting, Johnson added: “The club are trying to do its best to improve as quickly as we can under the restraint we have go, be it money, local law or whatever it is.

“There are a lot of shackles on us at the minute and we have to try and break those shackles down before we can make those decisions.

“Everyone’s trying to make the club bigger, stronger and healthier for the future. Sometimes we have got to get over the politics or whatever it is. The club are trying and that is the main thing.”

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