Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has now openly confirmed that he is considering signing Bath City midfielder Alex Russell in the January transfer window. The 37 year old is out of contract at the end of the year, and the player himself has already said that he is expecting to have talks with both Yeovil and Bath about his future.
With the Glovers offering Russell full time football, and even letting Russell train with them for the moment, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he is aware of the experience that the former Bristol City and Exeter City player could offer, and said that was key to the way he needed to improve his squad:
"He is someone I'm looking at, just to have that little bit of experience and that little bit of know-how. You can see from Hartlepool that they had two or three very experienced players."
However, Skiverton said that 'everything' would be up for grabs come the turn of the year, and said that changes were likely both on and off the field of play. The Yeovil boss hinted that some of those changes may come through a more experienced addition to the coaching or management staff:
"I think I need to look at everything. I need to look at the playing staff, my coaching staff. I need to look at everything and maybe bring in a bit more experience throughout the club, just to help us in this little situation that we're in. One thing that I am here, is that there are no 'friends' and we've got to be professional in what we're doing. That is throughout for me - upstairs and underneath me. One thing we will make sure of is that we're now focussing on a really massive game for us on the weekend and back to the league."
Of course any change to the management and coaching team does not need to wait until the January transfer window opens, and can be done immediately. There had been speculation a couple of weeks ago suggesting that former Bristol Rovers Director of Football Lennie Lawrence was being lined up for a similar position at Huish Park, although nothing has materialised since then to suggest that rumour has legs. However Skiverton's mention of 'upstairs' changes as being a possibility imply that sort of an appointment can't be ruled out. What quick differences it would make to the current situation is another matter.
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