Paul Sackey, the former England rugby union player, has said the new owners of Yeovil Town, SU Glovers, have targeted “people with real experience in football and business” to join the board at Huish Park.

The ex-Harlequins and Wasps player, who was capped 22 times by his country during his sporting career, is part of the group, alongside Matt Uggla, which was announced as having taken on the “stewardship” of the club in midweek.

Speaking to the club’s YouTube channel alongside Uggla and fellow director Stuart Robins on Thursday, he said: “We have got people in place, once we are announced and hopefully people will be quite happy with this, we have some people with real experience in football and business people.

We have a good balance which we have already targeted and we’ve had conversations and we are happy that our board members are going to be equally as excited as we are.

Uggla confirmed that SU Glovers would be made up of three people – presumably including his mother, Julie-Anne, who is a director of the company – along with Robins, who retains his 20% shareholding in the club, and Chief Executive Martyn Starnes.

The group has brought in a physiotherapist, a position the club has been without since the departure of Kai Hepworth at the end of December, and a strength and conditioning coach ahead of the weekend’s National League home match with Woking.

Uggla said: “It has been unfair on the players not to have that support. They have been a bit neglected and Paul has been really great on that side of things, he has a lot of contacts and I think if it wasn’t for having Paul here we probably would not be able to get (those people in).

Sackey added: “If the players are not looking after themselves or getting the right treatment, how are they going to perform? Those things were vital for us to get in straight away which we have been doing actively.

It is just about helping the players perform, we do not want to give them any excuses, they just need to go out and play. They don’t need any other noise around them or any distractions so to get those people in and allow (the players) to get on with their job of just playing football (is important).

I know Mark (Cooper) has done a great job at the moment and we are in a good position because of how Mark has controlled the situation.

I just feel (getting the right people in) gives the players a little more comfort and for the manager that he’s picked a team that can go out and perform instead of players playing on niggles.

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Ken Hunt
1 year ago

I am so pleased with what has happened now .The new board have saved our once great club
That shows their commitment and as supporters we will I am sure get behind them and show our thanks