Uncertainty, Contracts and a lapsed deadline

Come the end of this season, there are just two Yeovil Town players still in contract.

Let that one sink in for a minute. We could legitimately be left with defender Morgan Williams and striker Joe Quigley by the time we reach the end of the current campaign.

Now we are into 2022, the situation becomes even more hairy with the possibility of clubs sniffing around some of our crown jewels with the form of Charlie Wakefield, Tom Knowles, and others unlikely to have gone unnoticed.

Even manager Darren Sarll only has six months left on his contract and, in the words of the manager himself last week, it’s down to “a level of uncertainty” which hangs over Huish Park.

The uncertainty exists because of the off-the-field situation with a ‘will they-won’t they?’ situation around a possible takeover.

Assuming the situation is not resolved between the submission and publication of this column, we will be just shy of four calendar weeks since the expiry of a seven-day deadline to complete a deal was set by chairman and owner Scott Priestnall.

For supporters that is frustrating and concerning, but let’s take a step back and think about what it means for those people employed by the club.

The vast majority of players and coaching staff are without any certainty. As Darren Sarll said last week: “Do I have to tell the people living in my house to find somewhere else to live? Do I have to start looking for new schools for my children?”

And it’s not just those involved on the pitch, there is an ever decreasing number of people employed to ensure the off-the-field operations at the club as well – what of their futures?

For many of us, football is a passion, but for many others it is literally their lives.

For their sakes as well as ours, let’s hope the “level of uncertainty” which has hung over our club for months does not remain much longer.cts


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