THE new head coach of Yeovil Town Women Football Club has spoken of the “amazing buzz around the club” on the eve of the new season.
YTWFC is under new ownership, has had a rebrand and made some key signings.
And Jamie Phillip says the mood in the camp is “hugely positive.”
He added: “There is so much optimism around, the atmosphere is great. There is a whole new feel about the club.”
Businessman Adam Murry took control at the beginning of July and appointed Jamie, 26.
“Things have been a bit difficult in the past year or so, but now everything has changed,” Jamie explained.
“We’ve had new coaching staff and players come in, lots of support and back up from all quarters, including America and through Adam’s links with AFC Bournemouth.
“And of course we have a fantastic fan base, locally and regionally and that’s really important.”
Murry, from Bournemouth, is now based in Tampa, Florida, where he runs his own soccer academy, ESSA.
He was chairman of AFC Bournemouth in 2008/9 and appointed Eddie Howe into his first spell as manager.
YTWFC has its first friendly on Sunday against Poole Town in Bridgwater, in preparation for the Women’s National League campaign beginning on August 18.
Jamie said he was aiming for promotion and will “push the players as far as I can. We have added to the squad and everyone has gelled really well in our pre-season training.
“However as far as I am concerned there is no pressure on anyone.
“We will enjoy the season, go out to win every game and put smiles back on people’s faces.
“Of course ultimately we want to get back to playing at the highest level again. Everyone wants that and we have the set-up and the ambition to do it.”
Two of the new signings are striker Sarah Wiltshire who has rejoined from Tottenham, a fantastic signing for YTWFC, and Meesha Dudley-Jones from Manchester City, a former Liverpool academy player and a Wales international.
Meanwhile defender Katie Jones also returns to the club for 2019/20.
From his base in Florida, Murry added: “This the start of a new era,” said Murry. “We have set about re-energising and reinvigorating the club which has absolutely huge potential.
“I really believe the fans have a lot to look forward to. They love this club and they are absolutely vital to its future success.”
He has linked the club with his academy in the USA and wants to develop that relationship.
The women’s game in the US is the best in the world he says as evidenced by the recent World Cup win. But Europe is catching up Murry believes.
The club’s head of performance, Ewan Greenhill said: “The amount that has been achieved in just three weeks is quite remarkable and that is a testament to everyone.
“From my point of view the most important thing is the strength of character of everybody now involved with the club, staff, players, board. We are in a really good place and more than ready for the challenges of the new season.”
Ewan was appointed in February 2017 and has a background in sports science.
The new season begins against Hounslow and other key fixtures include Plymouth, Watford, Cardiff, Portsmouth and Oxford.
The new improved web site is being launched over the weekend and can be found at www.yeoviltownwomenfc.co.uk