Marcus Stewart, Photo courtesy of Mike Kunz

Yeovil Town’s new Head of Player Development, Marcus Stewart has told that he’s back at Huish Park to help ‘make the players better.’

In an interview with the club’s YouTube channel, the former striker detailed what his role at the club will be, and why he made the decision to join Chris Hargreaves at Yeovil.

He said: “We had loads of conversations and then he got the job and called me and said ‘what do you think?’ and I said ‘yeah’.”

“I spoke to chairman as well and he came across as a good guy. I’m a pretty good judge of character from meeting loads of people in football over the years from the time I was 16, so I’m pretty experienced now in terms of sussing people out and he came across great as well.”

Stewart’s experience on the pitch as matched with his experience since retiring and thinks his experience will be a good help to relatively inexperienced (in first team football) new management team.

He said: “I know what Chris (Hargreaves) is about, he knows he can trust me. He knows that I haven’t got an ego about me and he knows I’m just here to help people, help him, help the players, help the other staff.

“Chris Todd has come in [in] his first role in senior football. So he might have to fall back on my experience sometimes, I’m there if he wants to have a chat. Its nice to have a bouncing board with someone who’s got experience of being an assistant manager, first team coach and reserve team manager.”

On his role, Stewart spoke about his love of development: “I love developing players, I’ve always enjoyed doing that. Whether you’re an 18-year-old, whether you’re a 28-year-old, I don’t care how old you are. As long as you’re enthusiastic and you want to learn, I want to help.

“Ultimately I’m here to make the players better.”

Stewart, of course, is no stranger to Yeovil Town, as you all well know. But he spoke fondly about his time at Huish Park and what an important part of his career it was after leaving Bristol City.

“This club kind of saved my career really, that’s what I would say. I left Bristol City under a bit of a cloud, I wasn’t really enjoying my football, I wasn’t enjoying myself on and off the pitch and coming down here kind of saved me, you know?”

Our new Head of Player Development concluded with this message for supporters: “I’m here to do my best,  I’ve done my best before at the club, I did alright, and I want to do my best now. Stick with us, it might not come straight away, but we’ll have a good go at doing it. I can’t make promises but I’m going to have a right go at making this club a lot better than it is now.”

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