New Yeovil Town director Stuart Robins has confirmed that discussions are ongoing with people looking to invest in and join the board at the club.

The retired businessman and lifelong fan also confirmed he has made a financial investment in to the club when he took his role at the end of May.

New director Stuart Robins.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Gloverscast, he also confirmed that former Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, who left the club in the summer of 2013, is “helping out” at the club on a voluntary basis.

Of the search for further investors, Stuart said: “We are looking for further investors and there are discussions going on, how long they will take I do not know. I would like to think they will be relatively soon, but who knows.

My situation was pretty straightforward, I had no other significant business interests outside of having retired and sold my other businesses.

“The money was available, so we got it done but other people might be in different situations. But, I can assure you we are looking for further investors and board members to help build back the club.”

He said that Martyn Starnes was not on the payroll at Huish Park, but said he had been “an incredible help” in supporting the club over recent months.

The director added: “Martyn’s knowledge of the football business (has been a help) because, as I openly admit, I do not understand it at all after five or six weeks – but I am learning fast.

His knowledge has been fantastic to have. He’s like us, he’s a supporter and he loves it.

He was at Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle when they were in incredible difficulty, so Martyn has great experience when there are financial challenges around an organisation, particularly a football club.

So his knowledge and his enthusiasm has been fantastic and already I have learnt a lot from him, because I have had discussions with him and worked with at the club.

Starnes was Chief Executive for five-and-a-half years up until his departure to join Plymouth Argyle just two months after Yeovil won promotion to the Championship in the summer of 2013.

He spent a further five years in Devon before moving to take the same role at Bristol Rovers in May 2018, which he held until his resignation at the Memorial Ground in November 2021.

You can hear Stuart Robins talk about his ambitions for the club – both on and off the pitch – on the latest edition of the podcast – listen here.


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