28th October 2022

Mark Cooper stressed the importance of unifying the supporters and the players after he was unveiled as Yeovil Town’s manager.

Speaking exclusively to the Yeovil Town media team for the first time, the new boss was keen to unify everybody associated with the Club.

“You can’t have a successful club if the players and supporters are apart, especially if you want to win things,” said Cooper. “Everyone has to be on board.

“We can’t play well all the time, but if the supporters can see there’s a plan and the players are giving everything, then you can get that unity.

“I think you’ve seen recently, that every time they misplace a pass, they get stick, it effects their performances so we need to make sure we’re together.”

Having managed at the level before, winning promotion with Forest Green Rovers in 2017, Cooper arrives ready for the task at hand.

“I think it’s important that when you’re coming in, you know the level and you know the players. I think at the moment it’s just about simplifying things for the players and trying to give them a platform to regain some confidence.

“You do that by getting results, but I do think we need to simplify it. We need to get the fans on board with some good performances, on the front foot. Putting a smile on peoples faces is what’s needed at the minute.”

This weekend, Cooper’s Glovers side travel to Maidstone United. The boss will be putting his faith in existing staff members Chris Todd & Marcus Stewart to help guide the side through the managerial transition.

“As it’s so close to the weekend, it’s important I trust the staff that are here; Chris Todd, Marcus Stewart.

They’ve got a good handle on what’s needed, I’ll be relying on them to help pick the right team on Saturday.

Obviously I’ll have an input, but I’ll use their judgement as we won’t get too much time on the training pitch.”

Watch the full interview below: