Mark Little

Mark Little has warned his younger Yeovil Town team-mates against letting themselves down after having a good season.

Mark Little. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The 33-year-old said that players were now playing for their futures with five National League matches remaining and many understood to be without contracts beyond the end of this season.

He said: “It’s important to me to put in a good performance and for all of us to put in a good performance

“So the owner, the scout or the new manager, they will be watching the players and it would be a shame for lads who have played so well to be letting themselves down.”

He was speaking ahead of the visit of league leaders Stockport County to Huish Park for the weekend as they look to move another step closer to the Football League.

The former Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers player said he believed the team has been doing enough to win matches, but failed to capitalise on the pressure they put on relegation battlers Aldershot Town and local rivals W*ymouth over the Easter period.

Little added: “I think it’s down to experience. On Monday, I had a sense of urgency to go and get the goal but then seeing players around me who do not have that experience not having the urgency to do it.

“If I need to do something myself, I can go and do it but ushering other players to do it, it is difficult, and I do feel it is part of my job (as an experienced player) to do that.

“The two games we played over the Easter period, those two players are playing for their lives. Sorry, W*ymouth are gone [not quite, Mark, but well done for the sentiment!] but they are scrapping as it’s a derby and this weekend Stockport are up for promotion.

!It’s all about personal pride, pride in your performance, representing the club and the fans properly because they gave us unbelievable support on Easter Monday. It is about putting in a performance for them.

Mark Little warms up at Chesterfield 📸 Ben Barrett

Yeovil Town defender Mark Little spoke to BBC Somerset after the 2-2 draw at King’s Lynn Town and said how there’s no sign the side are going to take it easy, in any single match or in the rest of the season as a whole.

The right-back said: “Circumstances altogether, I think it took us six hours to get here, the pitch is horrendous, it’s windy, they’re scrapping for their lives.

“It was never going to be a pretty game of football… it was a battle and we stood up to the battle.”

It was Charlie Wakefield’s last gasp equaliser that saved the Glovers’ blushes, something which Little said he’s chuffed about.

He said: “It’s great for him, Charlie works so hard, he’s desperate to be on the scoresheet every week and it hasn’t been coming off but he’s got his goal today.

“It looks like Charlie Lee has made the best decision ever to leave him out and bring him on at the right time, it makes him look a really good manager.”

It was a feisty game with both teams reduced to ten men, something which Little admits they had to keep on top of.

He added: “We wanted to win the game, we had the momentum, when we came out for the second half, I think we were on top, we were the only side who were going to go on and win it

“The last eight minutes was frantic, there plenty of chances and edge of the seat stuff.

“Credit to the boys for keeping going for 97 minutes.”

The former Bristol City man was asked about the team’s motivation for carrying on with their never give up style and he said that players were fighting to the end.

He said: “We are all playing for our careers, we are all playing to impress the people that are watching.

“Since Charlie (Lee) has come in, we said you can have a nine game season of letting the season fizzle out or we can have a right go and show everyone what we are made of.

“We just want to get as close up the table as we can.

“It’s interesting here, because so many lads are out of contract, near enough 90% of the team are thinking I’ve got another year here, I’ll take my foot off the gas and there’s nothing to play for and I’ll have a holiday until next year

“That won’t happen here, the group of lads are amazing and we’ve got senior lads who are amazing who won’t allow that to happen.”

 

 

Mark Little has given “a few home truths” to some of his Yeovil Town team-mates after two disappointing defeats which have seen them concede five goals without reply.

The experienced full-back played the full 90 minutes of last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat to Grimsby Town, having missed the 3-0 reverse against Dagenham & Redbridge four days earlier.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to bottom club Dover Athletic, he said his frustration with the performance last weekend led to him voicing his frustrations.

Mark Little battles for the ball against Grimsby. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

He said: “I said a few of my frustrations in an aggressive manner over the weekend to a couple of the younger lads and they took it on the chin.

“We had a day off after and we were back to work on the Monday. They are taking it well, they are not stropping because they are not the types of players that would last in this dressing room.

“But they’ve got to translate that in to performing on the pitch and that’s the bit we are trying to crack, there’s a balance of good cop, bad cop.

“When I was coming back from injury I was being encouraging but after the last couple of performances, my frustrations have come out and I did give a few home truths.

“Hopefully that reaction will show tomorrow at Dover.

The former Bristol City man described the squad as “the smallest I have ever operated with” in his career, meaning there is less competition for places.

He said: “I am used to having four or five people competing for the right back slot and I know I have to perform to get my name on the team sheet.

“But here you can have two or three bad games and you are still having to battle yourself out of that form, there’s no breathers and hiding.
“I have played with injuries all seasons, there’s lads need operations getting injections to hide them.”

“We have had Ted in today which gives Grant a breather which we has not been able to all season. Ted has looked very good in training and hopefully he comes in and has a big effect.

“But we have needed that (cover in all positions) all season.

Tom Knowles, who has five goals so far this season.

The Football Association have confirmed the one-match suspensions of Mark Little and Tom Knowles.

Little was shown two yellow cards on Saturday against Woking, whilst Tom Knowles picked up his fifth booking of the season in the same game… his first one since mid-October.

Knowle’s booking has been listed as a “Time Wasting – Delaying the Restart” booking, hence Darren Sarll’s “dopey” comment post match. 

With the Glovers having now completed 23 league games the ‘5-yellow card’ suspension rules has ended with those picking up their tenth still expected to miss two games.

Both Little and Knowles will be absent for the visit of W*ymouth on Tuesday night but will be available again at the weekend.

 

 

Full-back Mark Little is playing through the pain barrier as he makes his way in to the Yeovil Town team.

The ex-Bristol City player has been missing for the past four months after rupturing the ligaments in his foot in pre-season.

Talking to the Gloverscast‘s Ben Barrett ahead of the weekend’s visit from big-spending Wrexham, the 33-year-old said that he had originally been told the injury may not be serious.

He explained: “The first two sets of people said just ice it and it will be fine, so I went to see a specialist and it needed surgery and there’s a plate to hold my foot together.

“The surgeon is happy it’s stronger than it was before, but I need to teach my foot to play football now. I know the more I play, the better it will be.

“This surgeon is saying ‘go and do what you want to do’, normally if you feel pain you will come out of training, but I have been encouraged to play through it.

Little made his playing return in last weekend’s FA Trophy exit at the hands of lower division Needham Market and was one of four players to miss from the spot in a penalty shoot-out.

He praised the work of manager Darren Sarll for lifting the team after the defeat and the departure of assistant manager Terry Skiverton at the start of the week.

He said: “It was not great over the weekend which was sombre before the (Needham Market) game which led to the performance maybe, but we have had a full week this week.

“The manager is so good at this. He is upset and frustrated as much as we are, but he gets the mood in the camp better.

“We had two tough days Monday, Tuesday, rest day Wednesday and then two good days and we’ve had a perfect week leading up to up a match.”

Sarll said Little was “in contention” for a start against Wrexham at Huish Park this weekend.

He said: “We need to be a bit more progressive with Mark, I’m not sure he can do 90 minutes but he will certainly be in contention for a start.

“He gets closer every day, but he is a true professional and you can see why he’s played in the Championship for as long as he did.”

Darren Sarll has said he know “less than anyone” about the ongoing talks of takeover surrounding the ownership of Yeovil Town.

However, the manager said that discussions around the possible sale by current owner Scott Priestnall to the Simul Sports Group, led by former Cardiff director Julian Jenkins.

This week, Jenkins confirmed his group were “fully engaged in the final stages of due diligence” to buy Yeovil Football & Athletic Club, the company which owns the club’s football operations and Huish Park stadium.

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

Speaking about the discussions ahead of the weekend’s match with Wrexham, Sarll said: “My job is not to worry about who’s coming in or may be coming in, all I know is there’s been a lot of rumours for a long time and we are where we are.

“The players are behind me, I’m behind the players, that is the only support we need in our dressing room, all the rest is just noise and we need to learn to block that out.

“Does it get difficult at times? Of course, it does because very few of these players have been through this.

“But we have to make sure we go down the tunnel because, by hook or by crook, whether we play well or not, if we lose games we get criticised, whoever the owner is.

“We have to concentrate on performances on the pitch and that is our focus, to keep punching above our weight – that’s all we can do.

However, Sarll insisted that he did not feel he needed to know every detail of discussions which have been ongoing for months – and confirmed he is a listener to the Gloverscast!

He told our man Ben Barrett: “I can put things in the back of my head, I’m an employee of an organisation like everyone else, I don’t feel I have the right to demand x and y to the people that have paid my mortgage for the last two-and-a-half years.

“All the other things you get as a football manager, if you don’t like them, don’t do the job! I get criticised all the time, I get criticised on your podcast – maybe I add?! But that’s okay.

“I don’t feel a righteousness that I deserve to be told every five minutes that who owns the football club, I’m sure if there’s someone coming in they will introduce themselves to me and which way they are going with Darren Sarll.

“They will know which way they want to go anyway, so I have a contract until the end of June and I’ll keep working inside that contract.

Experienced full-back Mark Little also told Ben that the club’s players had not been told anything more about the possible deal.

He was a player at Bolton Wanderers when they narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship on the final day of the 2017/18 amid huge financial problems which led to players not being paid.

But, the former Bristol City man said this is a very different situation: “At Bolton because we hadn’t been paid for three months, that was probably the most important news I needed to know.

“It’s very different here because anything below the owner, everything is running smoothly, everyone is here and training and games are coming thick and fast – that’s our department, that’s what we concentrate on.

“We are not getting information, I don’t think the manager is either, it’s way above our pay grade and I could not tell you if it’s a good thing or not if we get taken over or not.

“We have got games to win and that’s the thing we have to do, whether we have this owner or another owner.”

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll has backed his goalkeeper Grant Smith for criticising referee Scott Jackson‘s decision to red card Sonny Blu Lo-Everton in the Boxing Day defeat at Torquay United.

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

The dismissal after 64 minutes at Plainmoor has been overturned following an appeal meaning the on-loan Watford forward will be available for Sunday’s rematch with Gary Johnson’s side on Sunday.

But, Smith, who also saw red for “foul and abusive language” after the final whistle, is banned for the Gulls’ game and the FA Cup third round tie with AFC Bournemouth with Sarll looking to bring in a loan keeper for both matches.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, the manager said: “I don’t put too much blame on the referee, he went with his assistant he used his team in the same way I use Terry (Skiverton, assistant manager) when I am making decisions.

“He used his team and got it horrendously wrong and it cost us three points. The biggest disappointment I have with that is when you look at the subsequent dismissal of Grant Smith, he is probably right.

“If players perform badly in my dressing room they get told, all Grant Smith did was tell (the referee) he did not perform very well.

“Unfortunately because of the ego-centric behaviour, we lose a really important player in Grant Smith.”

Listeners of the Gloverscast podcast were the first to hear the news that Lo-Everton’s appeal had been successful – well, after followers of our Twitter and Facebook channels, of course. Having the only person in Britain who can make the FA’s website work (in Ben Barrett) paid dividends there.

The boss admitted the dismissal of Lo-Everton for dangling a foot at Torquay’s Tom Lapslie was petulant from the 19-year-old.

He said: “My disappointment was that Sonny was pivotal to our improvement in the opening stages of the second half and when he gave the referee a decision.

“It was petulance, people are like that in your 30s, it’s an emotional decision, nothing to do with your age. “

In other news at this week’s press conference, the manager said…..

  • His decision to look to bring a keeper in on loan for the next two fixtures was not a reflection on the ability of his back-up keeper Max Evans.
    The manager said he was speaking with Premier League, Championship and League One clubs about getting in a stand-in stopper during Grant Smith’s absence.
    Of Evans, he said: “You can do more harm than good with these young players when they are thrown in at thew wrong time.
    “We had a plan for Max this year and we will stick to that plan, so we will look to add to the team with the loan market.
    “That is no disrespect to Max, the plan for Max was to try and build him through a certain type of game and a certain type of experience.
    Following our Gloversblog post weighing up the two options, supporters on our Twitter channel voted 73% in favour of giving Evans the gloves on Sunday.
  • Injury victims defender Mark Little and striker Joe Quigley could both be back involved in for the weekend – and if they’re not, they’re certain to be involved in next weekend’s FA Cup tie with AFC Bournemouth.

    Joe Quigley, who is top-scorer with six goals so far this season.
    Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

    The manager said Quigley had only trained for “three or four days” but was looking “surprisingly strong” considering, and said Little was “very close” having picked up an injury in pre-season.
    Sarll said: “That latest I would see Mark being involved is the FA Cup, so he could involved Sunday and Joe could be as well.
    “Joe has had less time training but he’s been very strong, he looks like he’s in a race to get back.”

Yeovil Town are looking to bring in a new player ahead of tomorrow’s FA Trophy tie against Woking at Huish Park.

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

Manager Darren Sarll said the squad was “drastically short” this week with defender Morgan Williams going down with COVID-19 and youngster Ollie Haste away with the English Colleges’ FA squad.

However, he did reveal that left-back Jordan Barnett, who has missed the last two games through illness, returned to training this week along with long-term absentees defender Mark Little and midfielder Lawson D’Ath.

Of the planned signing, Sarll said: “We are looking to do a one-month loan for someone this week to help us out because we have been drastically short this week.

“We have only  had 10 or 11 training all week, so we are looking to try and (bring one player in) today (Friday) to help us along.

“At the moment there will be no additions in the near future and we are going to have to make sure we improve our current group.

“But how many players would get in to this group right now? Most people would play second fiddle to who is playing very well because every player is in great form.

“The only ones who aren’t are those who have not played minutes, so we are happy with what we have got.”

Updating on the longer term injury victims in his squad, the manager said:

  • Reuben Reid – is likely to feature against Woking although the boss said how long the striker played would be decided by “a conversation” between the two of them ahead of kick-off.
  • Joe Quigley – the club’s top-scorer is likely to be available from January onwards having been missing with a knee injury since the 1-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge last month.
  • Jack Robinson – the on-loan Middlesbrough defender is likely to be unavailable until later in January having suffered “some complications” with an ankle injury. The defender is scheduled to return to his parent club on January 10 – so it would appear an extension of his agreement is required if we were to see him again in a Yeovil shirt.
  • Mark Little – the experienced full-back returned to training this week having been missing since picking up an injury in pre-season.
  • Lawson D’Ath – the midfielder who was stretchered off on the final game of last season was also back in training this week.

 

 

Defender Mark Little appears to be making progress in his recovery from an injury which has kept him out of contention so far this season.

Mark Little with a ball at his feet as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.

The former Bristol City man posted a video of him with a ball at his feet in the gym on his Instagram account.

He has not featured since picking up a foot injury in the pre-season friendly against Forest Green Rovers and underwent surgery.

Speaking about Little ahead of the FA Cup tie against Stevenage manager Darren Sarll said he hoped to have the player available for the Boxing Day visit to Torquay United.

Then he was targeting Little having the ball at his feet this week and joining in training the following week suggesting he could be back on the training pitch next week.

Darren Sarll wants to write another chapter in the Yeovil Town‘s FA Cup history books when he takes on his old club Stevenage in front of the television cameras on Saturday.

Sarll and Skiverton
Terry Skiverton, right, alongside Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The Glovers’ boss said he has been looking forward to to facing his old club since the draw was made and admitted he would love to have some Cup memories to share having heard his assistant, club legend Terry Skiverton, talk about his so much!

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Sarll said: “I want to create history so people stop asking me about the history! Terry has been here and seen all those big games, he still talks about marking (Liverpool striker Emile) Heskey, (Jose) Mourinho coming here with Man United.

“They’re all wonderful memories and the reason he talks about them is because they are good memories for him.

“We would like to create our own and that’s what we are in it for because no-one becomes a millionaire being here, it’s for the memories and attachments you can make for people, supporters and players.”

In team news ahead of the weekend, the manager gave the following updates:

  • Midfielder Tom Knowlesshould be available” for selection if he can pass the latest stage of testing after being wrestling slammed to the ground by Dover Athletic defender Danny Collinge in last weekend’s 1-1 draw.
    The manager said that he had been “going through protocols” with the Huish Park doctor, Chris Minton, and had not trained all week and missed the midweek win at Wrexham.
  • A decision will be made today (Friday) on whether striker Reuben Reid is available for the second round tie saying the former Cheltenham Town and Plymouth Argyle man was “very close” to being available.
    The manager said: “If we can get through today training, we have discussion this afternoon whether he feels he’s in a good enough place to contribute.
    “If he’s not, we will leave it one week, if he is, you will definitely see him on the team-sheet tomorrow.
  • Defender Mark Little was expected to have his first running session on Friday.
    Both  the former Bristol City full-back and Middlesbrough loanee defender Jack Robinson were targeting a return for the Boxing Day match at Torquay United.
    Sarll said: “Hopefully next week we will have him kicking a ball again and then he’s maybe a couple of weeks from joining training.
    “Mark always had Boxing Day in mind to be back in the squad, we hope it’s earlier, and the same for Jack who should be back for that Christmas period.
  • The absence of midfielder Mitch Rose was “not about injury, but about resources.” Sarll added: “I would love for him to be with us tomorrow, he’s a brilliant player, but he’s not available.

 

 

Defender Mark Little has been backed by manager Darren Sarll to be return from his injury sooner than the end of the year.

The right-back was the big name signing of the summer following his release by Bristol Rovers and picked up an injury in the pre-season friendly defeat to Forest Green Rovers at the end of July.

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

After that, the manager said he did not expect to see the former Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers player until at Christmas at the earliest.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s trip to Boreham Wood, Sarll said: “Mark has one more consultation with his surgeon which might be today and then hopefully that will determine his progress from now.

“But once he is out of that boot and weight bearing again, he will fly, the man is a consummate professional with incredible standards.

“He is very different to a lot of other senior players I have worked with because he still sees so much in front of him, so much more to achieve.

“You can get senior players that hold on and hold on, but Mark never sees it like that, he is a real driving force.

I think once Mark gets his foot down, he will probably exceed timescales (for his recovery).

The manager suggested that Little’s recovery meant he was not yet back involved with the squad, but spoke about striker Reuben Reid‘s role in supporting the squad and his coaching team.

Reid is also expected to be out until the end of the year after picking up a hamstring injury in pre-season.

Sarll said: “Reuben is one of the most charismatic, influential people that I have worked with and has a huge impact on how people feel and think, even to the coaching staff.

“The first thing Reuben said to me after the game was ‘that is not a weekend ruiner’ and I thought that is a different way of looking at it, so we try and use what we have at our disposal.”

The boss added that the club’s supporters can also play an important role in helping his young squad through the campaign.

The squad has an average age of just 24.3 years, including the likes of injury victims Little, Reid and Luke Wilkinson, whilst their opponents on Saturday have the oldest squad in the division with an average age of 30.2 years.

Sarll said: “It is an important role that supporters play for us because if (the young players in the squad) get a sense of negativity in the ground, that is not going to help us this year.

“They are not Rhys Murphy who would just stick his fingers up and carry on playing, they have not seen that yet, so the role of supporters is huge.

“If I got any of those new, young players in and said what has been your best experience, they would undoubtedly say either Aldershot away or Stockport away.

“Because of the connection with the supporters and the love and affection they felt from that will stay with them, and they will thrive of those moments.”

 

Striker Reuben Reid and defender Mark Little will both be out of contention for Yeovil Town until Christmas, according to manager Darren Sarll.

Speaking ahead of the opening National League fixture at home to King’s Lynn on Saturday, the boss confirmed Little had undergone surgery on his foot after picking up an injury in the pre-season friendly against Forest Green Rovers.

Reid suffered a hamstring tear in the friendly against Weston-super-Mare will be missing for up to four months.

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

 

Sarll said: “Both of them (Reid and Little) we should expect them around Christmas, if anyone was going to come back sooner it would Reuben but Mark had to undergo an operation.

“I have never seen anything like it in 20 years, put your foot down and rotate it the wrong way and a ligament ruptured on top of his metatarsal that keeps the metatarsal in position. – that is a new one on me!”

He also confirmed that defender Alex Bradley and loan midfielder Lewis Simper are also likely to miss the opening game.

Both appear to have been among a group of players who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 which led to the postponement of the club’s final two pre-season friendlies and last weekend’s trip to Wrexham.

Speaking about new striker Adi Yussuf, the manager said the former Wrexham and Solihull Moors player still needed to work on his fitness before he could be a regular.

He said: “(Luke) Wilkinson said when he played against Yussuf (in training) he gave him a hard time and all those things are important when new players walk in to the dressing room.

“It would have been ideal if they had a bit longer, Adi needs to spike his fitness levels a bit before we see him playing week in, week out but he will be a really good signing.

“He has got that hunger back and sometimes players just need a home and to feel wanted and (Joe) Quigley was in that category and I am looking forward to working with Adi.”

New Yeovil Town defender Mark Little has been speaking to the football podcast Millsy and Mason’s Football Hootenanny about his career so far and what he’s hoping to achieve during his time at Huish Park.

During the chat, he spoke about having to deal with crossing the Bristol divide having played for both Rovers and City as well a career that has taken in big sides like Peterborough and Bolton as well as his recent stance on social media abuse and the racist nature of that abuse that he and others at all levels have received.

When asked about the expectations for the season, Little was adamant that the squad want to be nearer the top than the bottom of the table.

“It (the target) is definitely not to stabilise, because I don’t expect to be at the bottom of the table.. I’m really excited to start the season, every day in training and in the game recently, I’m looking around thinking ‘this is actually really good’.

“I’ve been really impressed with the team, the players I’m playing with the standard of football we are playing. I’m enjoying it.”

The full back was honest enough to note than it’s likely that the Glovers aren’t competing with some sides in the division from a budget point of view, but that it was still the club’s intention to battle with the higher spending sides.

“If we are in contention with them (higher spending sides), that’s my personal aim and I hope that’s what the rest of the lads will be doing.”

“I believe our squad will give a good account of ourselves and me, going out there leading it, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be accepting anything else to be honest.”

“I’m excited for the season, I really am , I’m going to be realistic about it, if we win the league, I will be very very happy because that would mean we would have ‘done a Leicester’ and beat all the top money spenders… and why not!?”

To listen to the whole Podcast click HERE

Yeovil Town right-back Mark Little will have an x-ray on an injury which saw him limp off in the second half of the 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Forest Green Rovers.

The former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers man, who arrived at Huish Park in the summer, was substituted ten minutes in to the second half.

Speaking to the club’s YouTube channel after the game, Glovers’ boss Darren Sarll said both he and the defender were “worried” about the injury.

The manager said: “That is a worry, when you get to 32 you know when something is not right, so I am worried about that one.

“Mark is worried about that one, so we will have to see. It was an innocuous one, but that is our first problem in three-and-a-half weeks now.

He will probably need a few days now, get it x-rayed and once we know the outcome, we will adapt.

The manager saw said that summer signing defender Morgan Williams missed the game because he was “adapting to his new footwear that allows him to not have one leg longer than the other.”

The 21-year-old has yet to appear since he joined on a permanent deal following his release by Coventry City.

Yeovil Town defender Mark Little has called on the Government and social media activities to do more to identify online abusers.

The 32-year-old, who arrived at Huish Park this summer following his release by Bristol Rovers, was a victim of racial abuse on social media whilst playing for The Gas earlier this year.
He was speaking out after England players Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were subjected to sickening abuse after missing penalties for their country in a shoot-out defeat in the Euro 2020 final against to Italy.

Speaking to ITV Westcountry, Little said: “I have tough skin and I have been going through it for a while so I can deal with it now but my little boy is two years old and he doesn’t have that yet and I don’t want him to go through it in the future.

“I don’t want him to grow a tough skin, he shouldn’t have to do that and no children should have to.

“I don’t understand why the social media companies don’t do the identification.”

He admitted hearing the experiences of the international stars following the shoot-out defeat brought back his own feelings of “anger and confusion” from the abuse he suffered.

The former Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers player was subjected to racial abuse on his Instagram account following a match for Bristol Rovers and called then for social media companies to do more to identify abusers.

He added: “I am absolutely devastated for (Saka, Sancho and Rashford) because the amount of pride and the praise they should be experiencing at the moment. It is such a massive achievement and it should be a huge celebration.

“How they brought the country together after a terrible couple of years should be cherished and they should be feeling the benefits of that but they aren’t going to be are they?”

Yeovil Town’s newest defender, Mark Little, has been tipped to be a big success by former Glovers’ forward Kevin Gall.

Speaking to the Gloverscast, the Welsh wing wizard said that he got to know Little on a recent coaching course and that he’s exactly the sort of character the club can benefit from.

“He’s honestly a really good lad, I know he’s a really good, good player as well, he’s a good professional, so people like that.”

“I know Yeovil have just lost Dicko (Carl Dickinson) and Charlie Lee – some experienced players like Mark will be a good addition”

Gall, who now works as an agent alongside former Yeovil loanee Lee Matthews, said that he has enjoyed advising younger players on a potential move to Huish Park citing Lewis Wing and Alex Pattison as recent clients to have progressed in their careers via a spell at Yeovil.

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Darren Sarll has spoken to YTFC.net about the latest Glovers signing, Mark Little, emphasising what a coup Little’s signing is for Yeovil Town.

The Yeovil manager said: “This is brilliant, brilliant signing for us. This is a lad who’s not even played in League Two. This is a League One, Championship fullback. Everyone I’ve spoken to has told me (he’s a) brilliant character, good talker. Were almost trying to reinvent a different style of footballer to Carl Dickinson. That age, that experience, that level that they’ve played at, they have a standard to their work. They understand the things you have to do to in order to get promoted and Mark covers all those boxes.”

The 32-year-old’s signing from Bristol Rovers was announced yesterday, and adds ‘character’ and importantly to the manager, another ‘talker’. Sarll said: “It’s a lot of character that comes in. Same with Grant Smith – brilliant talker. Same with Morgan Williams – brilliant talker. There’s a theme, I know. It’s such an important part and we were very quiet last year because of our age and inexperience. Mark’s a coup for the football club.”

Sarll also explained his shock when Little gave him a call, and had a conversation with former Glover Charlie Lee about his ex-teammate.

“I was shocked when I was phoned. I then when I spoke with Charlie Lee (who was previously a teammate of Little), Charlie was shocked he’d phoned. Mark’s driving it. Mark’s driving the decision. Marks drove the process. (They’re) brilliant people to deal with. I must say, agents get a lot of stick, Mark’s agent was magnificent. Good guy, very sensible, very reasonable,” Sarll said.


Ex-Yeovil fullbacks Luke Ayling and Ryan Dickson also praised the signing on Twitter.

Yeovil Town have announced that former Bristol Rovers defender Mark Little is the latest signing to join the Glovers this summer.

The experienced campaigner has signed a deal at Huish Park for the upcoming season.

Little, 32 has spent time with both Bristol clubs as well as clocking up well over 100 appearances at Championship level with both Bolton Wanderers and Wolves where he started his career.

Predominantly a right-back, Little has well over 350 career games on his CV and has won the League One Play-Offs with Peterborough as well as being a two-time winner of the Football League Trophy with the Posh and then with Bristol City – in back to back seasons, no less – lifting silverware at Wembley in both 2013 and 2014.

Mark joins a now very competitive defensive line with Morgan Williams joining a back line with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson already secured, with Grant Smith signed up as the number 1 ‘keeper for the season the squad is starting to take shape.

Speaking to YTFC.net, Little said; “I feel the club is in a bit of a false position.”

Making no secret of his desire to help Yeovil back up the divisions he added: “From playing against the club previously it’s always been in the Championship or League one, to find the club out of the Football League, it’s not right so I’m here to correct that.”

Welcome to Huish Park, Mark.