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Yeovil Town must start planning for promotion now, says manager Gary Johnson

By WGSweet  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson

Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson

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Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes the club must start planning now for every possible outcome from their record-breaking season.

The Glovers' boss, who has guided his team to a club best eight successive Football League victories, has been backed to earn promotion by chief executive Martyn Starnes.

As well as Johnson being promised an improved playing budget if they reach the npower Championship, Starnes said the Huish Park outfit would relish any challenge presented by the new standard.

However, Johnson said the club must plan now for every eventuality, even if he does not want to make any changes to his present squad.

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"It does give you heart but you want the whole board talking like that," said Johnson. "Martyn is very supportive, as the board are at the moment.

"But in this build up the club have got to get the timing right with certain things and we have got to make sure that we don't get over-confident and plan for every event.

"We must plan for not going up, plan for the play-offs and plan for automatic promotion. We have got to be planning now to see where the club wants to go from here."

Despite wanting the club to think ahead, Johnson added he had no intentions of changing a winning formula that leaves them a point off League One's top spot ahead of a weekend trip to rivals Doncaster Rovers.

He said: "At the moment with the way the boys are playing it's not as though we are up there and panicking. There might be some clubs like a Tranmere or even a Donny that might be thinking we might need to improve to get our results back in favour.

"At this moment in time we don't need to do that. I've always shown loyalty to my players and in the ones that have done it.

"It would be lovely to get another three or four players but to add to that but a) the budget's not there to do that and b) you probably wouldn't want to upset the dressing room at the moment.

"At this moment in time it's best to just keep going and work with this group. We know them all inside out, we know it's a fantastic group of lads that are totally committed.

"How many times have you heard of loan players coming in and the manager feeling that they are not totally committed? We don't want to get in that situation.

"At the moment I am just going to get on with it as that suits everybody and just keep pushing, probing and making sure we are ready for every game."

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