Interest in Yeovil Town's top stars is no surprise to Gary Johnson
Interest in Yeovil Town’s stars is no surprise to manager Gary Johnson who believes the majority of his team – not just individuals – are catching the eye of bigger clubs.
Top scorer Paddy Madden is the latest believed to be drawing interest, with his 18 goals in green and white believed to have drawn the attention of npower Championship Derby County.
The Western Gazette also understands an unknown Championship club were represented at Huish Park on Saturday, watching Fulham loanee Dan Burn help earn a 1-0 success over Tranmere Rovers.
Meanwhile, reports circulated during the January transfer window that keeper Marek Stech had popped up on Bolton Wanderers’ radar.
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However, boss Johnson dismissed any such links as pure speculation, revealing he keeps track of which scouts attend which Yeovil games, with four Premier League outfits present last weekend.
He said: “Last week there were four Premier League clubs there represented and seven Championship clubs. These are people that have been regularly as well. The League One representatives are usually the ones that you are playing soon.
“Secretary Jean Cotton produces a list every week so we know who is keeping an eye on us.
“We don’t know who they’re looking at of course because officially nobody can do anything right now but of course with how well we are doing people are going to want to know who is doing it for us.
“That’s why they have a look, they follow it up and we are doing the same with our scouting system.
“That’s the way it is. As far as names of clubs to players are concerned there is none of that, that’s just speculation. There’s certainly lots of interest in us and it’s not just the one, it’s many.”
The Glovers head to resurgent Hartlepool United on Saturday with Johnson demanding similar grit that helped sink Tranmere.
“Their previous manager obviously went and under the new manager they’ve been doing really well,” he said. “They’ve certainly found a bit of spirit. We knew they had some good players but they found themselves in a precarious position. As always when a new manager comes in it gives them a bit of belief and they have gone from strength to strength.
“They were by far away and gone, they were relegated ten games ago but credit to them, they’ve really pulled their socks up and picked up some results.
“I didn’t feel we really showed that grit at Colchester and that was a long trip as well. We did everything right, we stayed overnight and we will do the same at Hartlepool.
“We have got to get that away mentality back that we had at Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Coventry. You’re allowed one little blip but we have got to make sure that was just at Colchester, which was the second long trip in a few days as we also played Doncaster on the Saturday.
“At least this week we have had a rest in as much as there is no Tuesday game and we were thankful for that.
“We will travel on Friday without a midweek game before so it’s not so bad.
“At this stage you have to make sure your itinerary is right for the players so they are mentally and physically strong.”