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Crawley boss accuses Bournemouth of betrayal in surprise attack

Crawley Town boss John Yems often given quite an interview but this was like none of his previous as he accuses Bournemouth of betrayal.

His side meet in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Tuesday night against his former side, but he’s still finding the way he left the Cherries tough to overcome.

The League Two outfit will be hoping to cause a shock, with the fixture having quite a significance for Yems and his assistant Lee Bradbury, both of whom worked for Bournemouth.

The West Sussex outfit’s boss has opened up, saying people betrayed him and left him suffering from depression following his departure back in 2018.

Yems joined the then League One club Bournemouth in 2012 and worked in close partnership with now out of work Eddie Howe along with the club’s current boss Jason Tindall as the club want on a stunning rise up the English football league system.

Yems was at the helm when it came down to scouting and recruitment, and helped the now Championship club make millions on players such as Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson, both of whom eventually transferred to Newcastle United.

But the manager’s time in Dorset came to an sudden end three years ago, with Bournemouth revealing that they couldn’t to keep his role as football operations manager, something of which was worth £45,000-a-year.

Yems got a set pay-off of less than £4,000 as well as holiday pay, but now admits his departure impacted on his mental health before he was appointed at the League Two club in December 2019.

He said: “It’s a funny thing, depression.

“It just creeps up on you, when the phone stops.

“It’s the trust issue, being let down by people that you trust.

“You can stand many things in this world, but unfortunately you do have to trust people – and when people dump on you from a great height, it’s very hard to take.

“It was betrayal. You go from the first division into the Premier League and then you get made redundant for no reason.

“It goes to show that certain people there are very unscrupulous and very untrustworthy.”

Yems reiterates that hasn’t got a problem with Tindall, the man who he’ll come face to face with again in the dugouts on Tuesday.

His issues are with individuals whom he describes as “not football people”.

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He added: “It’s a different club to the one I left.

“It was more enjoyable when I was there and we were building.

“The Bournemouth I left when Eddie was there – and I’ve spoken to Eddie since – is not the same.

“People running the club are not football people.

“They were playing off the back of people who have the football success but money becomes involved and then it’s their success.

“It’s such a shame because it was a friendly football club.

“It’s nice to go back there. There will be a few people glad to see the back of me as I can’t wait to see the back of them.”

Fans saw an interview of Crawley boss as he accuses Bournemouth of betrayal in a surprise attack, see what users made of it below…

@DJZakkyB: just seen the sky interview with john yems hope we fucking batter them tonight #afcb

@tpalmer77: Smells more of bitterness. His contract came to an end and we chose not to renew it and binned of the job role. No harm done #afcb

@northoftheriver: Definitely a whole load of bitterness there. Let’s hoping we put out a decent side tonight & that they finally “click.”

@afcbeli: @afcbournemouth good on you lads for shutting John Yems up

@afcbandy: John Yems is obviously pretty bitter about his time here. Although as Eddie Mitchell said in the podcast he only got the job because of the way he latched himself onto Eddie and Jason. No surprise that he wasn’t wanted after Mitchell left #afcb

@1afcb1: I feel I know quite a lot about AFCB, it says a lot of Mr Yems involvement during his time at the club that I had only heard of him in recent weeks! It looks like the official statement from #afcb regarding his comments confirm he wasn’t overly important

@JasonGollings: To paraphrase Jon Yems: “Well done Bournemouth I hope you’re really happy. You have all the grace and decorum of a reversing dump truck with no tyres”, I hope we send Crawley for 8-0 tonight #afcb

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