Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter on Thursday 16th May 2019, after the club published their Released and Retained Lists for the summer, marking his exit from the club.
CC: What's your thoughts on the club, on all of this?
FZ: My thoughts on the club are that after three-and-a-half years at Yeovil I'm sad. I'm sad because things didn't go like we planned it. I would say that this is football, and sometimes it doesn't go like that, but so many things happened, and for the last few months as a player, I've fought for this club for three years but this year from my injury to when I came back, it wasn't the same anymore. A lot of things were happening behind the scenes. You say you know, and you're going into trouble. This is what happened I think. I can say that from my experience from eighteen years of playing professional football, when things are not going good for a while, you see it and you say it, but then things carry on, and that's it. That's what happened.
CC: What was your reaction Francois, when they told you that you were going to be released from the club?
FZ: I expected it, because in January when I saw the situation, and I'd already expressed my point on that. I've been travelling from Nottingham to Yeovil for the last three-and-a-half years. I always enjoyed it to come here. But when I wake up on a Sunday morning, and I had to drive that, I started to have a little bit of a doubt about that. That meant I wasn't connected any more like I was, because everything was changing, and in a wrong way. That's because we worked hard to make such a lot of things in the club to make it stable, and things weren't going in that direction anymore. For me on that, my point was clear at that moment, and you can see how my season ended up at Yeovil. I wasn't even playing in the key games when we had to win. So I made my point and my position was clear and so I'm not surprised. There was a lot of discussion down there about my situation, and I wasn't surprised because they already knew my position.
CC: What's your message for the Yeovil fans?
FZ: My message is that sometimes when you have some kind of a setback you have to stay calm and positive, because of what can happen more - it can be worse, or we can stay together. I say we stay together because I'm still a part, and I still love Yeovil, and we need to make it happen. But the thing is, with the way things are going now, it's not looking like a good set-up. So if you have to wait to sell the club, and find a manager and find the players, this is football. Things will go quickly every day. So they need to find the best players on the market to play, and you need players that are still ruthless. You need experienced players. So for all of the good players you need, you have to do the market. At the end when everyone has done the market, when you are Yeovil you don't have that budget to attract the best players already, so you have to wait at the end to do it. So there are a lot of things. So I'm just saying for the fans to stay with Yeovil, because whatever happens we need them, to play football and we need them to support the boys to try to come back into the League, and next year is coming.
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