28th March 2019

The 59-year-old was put in temporary charge last Sunday and will oversee his first match against Newport County at Huish Park this weekend. 

Having been with the club since January – and with a plan to become Sporting Director from 2019/20 – Marmon feels the fans are just as important to achieving league safety as what happens on the pitch. 

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, he said: “I think the key word is transparency. If you’re authentic and transparent, when a performance isn’t up to the way it should be the fans can accept it because they know how those people are working and how they act.

“My job is basically picking the players up and giving them bags of confidence to play their football the way they can. I’ve seen four wins since I’ve been here and they’ve been confident displays, so there’s loads of potential in this team to get them playing the way they can.

“We prepare them as we should do as professionals but if you give them the tools to work with and – this is the most important – the fans are behind them, then we can rock.” 

As part of the plan to reunite the supporters with the first team, Town’s new boss has opened up training sessions to the public

Giving the fans a chance to see what takes place during the week, Marmon feels the decision will be conducive to producing a positive atmosphere on matchdays. 

“I suggested it to our media man to do open sessions because in Germany it’s normal,” he said. “Generally there’s always a big contact with the fans so that they’re able to justify why players in certain situations aren’t as good as they are or not.

“I think when it gets that atmosphere going it’s automatic that the fans can judge how players are.

“After speaking to a few of the fans at the training ground I think it’s (the atmosphere) definitely going to change. Newport will be bringing quite a few people along and there will be people who want to see what I do with the team and hopefully it’ll be a generally positive atmosphere.”