Darren Sarll has said his focus is on preparing his Yeovil Town team for this weekend’s home match with Barnet – despite takeover talks off the pitch at Huish Park.

Last Sunday, Chairman Scott Priestnall issued a statement when he gave two groups he was negotiating with to buy the club seven days to complete a deal with one group, led by former Cardiff City commercial director Julian Jenkins, confirming that it was in talks to buy the club.

Darren Sarll
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz,.

Asked about the situation ahead of the weekend’s match, Sarll said: “If you want stability and clarity, don’t work in football! I have never had it in 21 years.

“I only ever concentrate on things I can affect, I don’t concentrate on the things I can’t control.

“The things I can affect are what we do in training every day, trying to send players out in the best shape mentally and physically down the tunnel.

“We are punching so far above our weight and we are just trying to keep it going on Saturday.

He said he had not spoken with the players about the statement, adding: “The owner of the business will do what he thinks is right for him and his business.

“Scott (Priestnall, club chairman) is the boss and he will make decisions and act accordingly, I am the manager of the team and I will act accordingly.

The manager also spoke about whether he felt he had been supported with investment in the squad admitting he was “short of players” but saying he was happy with his side’s form going in to the weekend.

Yeovil were able to name five players on the substitutes’ bench for last weekend’s FA Cup second round win over Stevenage, including back-up goalkeeper Max Evans and youth team midfielder Ollie Haste.

In the previous fixture, the 2-0 win away at Wrexham ten days ago, they were only able to name four replacements.

Sarll said: “From a footballing point of view we are in a good places, players are enjoying their time with us and it’s a nice moment when players are improving at the same time.

“Look at (central defender Max) Hunt, (on-loan Watford forward) Sonny (Blu Lo-Everton), (on-loan Millwall full-back) Dan Moss, (winger-turned-striker Charlie) Wakefield and (midfielder) Matthew (Worthington) are improving on our watch which is a nice thing to be able to say as a coach.

“We could do with a couple of extra players to allow us to work on more in training, but on the pitch it is going grand.

“I might be moaning in a couple of weeks, but at the moment we are enjoying the work we are doing.”


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