Yeovil Town's new first team manager Paul Sturrock has said that his first target of his new tenure at Huish Park is to get the club out of their losing habit. He has come in as a permanent replacement to Gary Johnson, following the thirteen game 'acting management' spell undertaken by Terry Skiverton and Darren Way and was confirmed as boss at a press conference this afternoon.
As yet, Sturrock has not agreed a length of contract with the club, with a Board meeting this week set to discuss the matter, but he will take charge for Saturday's League One match against Notts County looking to end a six game losing streak that has seen the club sink to bottom of the League One table and thirteen points from safety. Whilst stopping the club dropping to League Two will be an impossible task for the Scotsman, whose home is in South-East Cornwall, he does want to use the remaining five games to shake off that bad form, and to properly assess his new squad:
"I've looked at the players in the last couple of days and I've been quite impressed with the standard. Winning is habit-forming, but losing is habit-forming as well. There's a lot of young lads out there who are lacking confidence. Hopefully over the next three or four games we'll be able to have a look at it. We'll review them, meet with them and then decide which ones we move with into League Two and which ones we move on. In two days (of training) I can't really turn that into percentages (of who will stay or go), until we have a game and I've used the whole squad."
Today's changes will see Terry Skiverton go back to his former role as assistant manager, whilst Darren Way will remain as first team coach. Sturrock confirmed that he had already held talks with the pair over their futures, and was happy to have that continuity in place:
"It's important that we have people who are committed to this football club and have a love of this football club and it's important to have these sort of people about. It will be a lot easier with these two, who have been involved every day and know how things have been running. I've had several meetings with them. I've discussed it with them and they're quite happy to push on. They're fully committed to the cause and they're fully committed to Yeovil Town and it's quite important to have these types of people in the background."
Sturrock's past interviews and the views of local media people who have known him well at former clubs have talked of his strengths of being able to reorganise football clubs from the base upwards. He continued that theme in this afternoon's interviews, but recognised that taking on a club that was on the edge of a double relegation would not be a trivial task:
"It is a challenge. They've gone from Championship to League One and are now very close to League Two. I like restructuring football clubs and I like restructuring squads, and I like getting promotions. So that's the challenge that I've set myself here."
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