A tabloid newspaper during the week claimed that the reason behind AFC Bournemouth’s football operations manager John Yems departure was due to a cash crisis at Dean Court.
Yems joined the Cherries in October 2012 shortly after the return of management duo Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall to Dean Court.
Yems is an experienced coach following roles at Fulham, Millwall and Crystal Palace. But he also holds a personal connection with Crawley Town and previously served as Crawley’s caretaker manager in 2007.
In 2015, Yems spoke openly about his interest in the Crawley Town managerial position, but would eventually remain on the south coast.
During his time as part of Howe’s backroom staff, AFC Bournemouth had won promotion from the third tier of English Football and the second tier of English football, before establishing themselves in the Premier League.
The Mirror claim Yems’ departure comes as a shock, especially as Howe battled to keep Yems as part of his staff.
The report stated…
It will be a major worry for Bournemouth fans that the club is having to make cutbacks and that Howe lacked enough power to keep one of his most trusted lieutenants.
Yems’ told The Mirror …
“The owner has always been fantastic with me, I’ve still got a very strong relationship with Max and I class it more as a friendship.
“The disappointing thing is with the people who do the day-to-day running of the club and how they’ve handled it after my six years of loyal service.
“To be told there’s no money for the position anymore is hard for me to take considering what I’ve given for the club.
“We’ve taken the club up through the divisions, we’re part of a management structure and you don’t expect to be told it’s a financial thing by a Premier League club.”
AFC Bournemouth said in a statement…
“AFC Bournemouth can confirm that Football Operations Manager John Yems left the club at the end of June, upon the expiry of his contract and following a review of the role. The club would like to thank John for his service over the last five-and-a-half years.”
The Daily Echo have reported that they understand that there is “no cash crisis or financial problems” at AFC Bournemouth and the Cherries merely opted not to renew Yems’s contract.
If you’re cost-cutting to make a genuine difference to the bottom line you don’t remove one member of staff. Even if they’re well paid there will be other people leaving across the business.
I would assume it’s more a restructure on how that part of the club works. Presumably at Eddie Howe’s behest since anything football related is meant to go through him.
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