Gary Johnson's late show at Yeovil Town prompts chairman talks

Terry Skiverton and Gary Johnson
Terry Skiverton (left) was captain under Gary Johnson during his first spell in charge of Yeovil

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has moved to clarify his actions after turning up late to his side's 3-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat by Portsmouth.

Johnson arrived 15 minutes before Tuesday's kick-off at Huish Park and left after his post-match team talk.

The club have yet to comment on his behaviour, but BBC Sport understands Johnson was unhappy with their business on transfer deadline day.

In a statement, Johnson said he was seeking talks with the chairman.

It read: "I'm having a quiet reflective period after a hectic transfer deadline evening.

"The chairman [John Fry] is currently on holiday and I am waiting for him to return to speak to him about how to proceed."

Johnson signed one loan player prior to Monday's transfer deadline, capturing Wolves midfielder Jack Price on a month-long deal.

On Tuesday night, the Glovers boss remained seated in the dugout for the first-round tie while his assistants Terry Skiverton and Darren Way directed the team.

Skiverton, who was Glovers boss prior to Johnson's return in January 2012, spoke to BBC Somerset after the game and defended Johnson, saying: "He was there before the game, at half-time and afterwards.

"He's the manager, he's always been the manager. He was there and I was supporting him. Maybe he wasn't so vocal but he was there trying to get the best out of the players."

When asked about Johnson's subdued mood, Skiverton replied: "You'll have to try and talk to the manager yourself, but I wouldn't do it tonight as he's in quite a disappointed mood and he's quite angry."

Jed Wallace and Craig Westcarr gave League Two Pompey a three-goal lead before Nathan Ralph pulled one back for the hosts, who are 19th in League One.

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