It's been two weeks now since former manager Gary Johnson's sudden defection to League 1 rivals Bristol City and the appointment of a replacement has yet to be made by the Yeovil Town board. It's always seemed that caretaker manager Steve Thompson was favourite to get the manager's job on a permanent basis with the assistance of a coach or assistant manager from outside the club; but with chairman John Fry telling the Western Gazette today that the way forward may entail bringing in a more senior director of football to assist Thommo, the goalposts appear to have shifted somewhat though the chairman admitted that he is yet to discuss such an option with the rest of the board.
"There are a lot of complications and costs involved in football these days," Fry told the Gazette, adding: "With transfer windows and international players, an awful lot of time is needed outside the day-to-day operations at Huish Park. A football manager has probably got enough to do with focusing on the team's performance each week but a director of football is not something we have discussed as yet. Steve [Thompson] is a terrifc servant and a terrific coach and manager. However these things do not just happen. You think you are over the line with a candidate and then you are back to where you started, but no-one needs to read into the situation because there has obviously been an awful lot of talking.
"Steve is the players and fans choice but he has to be certain that he wants that number one spot wherever it might be. It is about accepting responsibility. He also has to assess and understand the risks involved in taking a job like this on.".
Steve Thompson commented: "We are still talking and trying to sort out the way to go. Until I am actually offered the job I cannot say I have taken it, so really at the moment it's as it was."
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