Yeovil Town have parted company with first team manager Paul Sturrock today. The move comes after the club's 2-0 defeat against Northampton Town on Saturday that ensured that they stayed at the foot of the League Two table for the second match running. He becomes the club's third managerial change of the year 2015, leaving the club heading for their fourth management team of the year. First team coach Darren Way has been given the role as the club's Interim Manager, with Assistant manager Terry Skiverton remaining in his current role for now.
Chairman John Fry thanked Sturrock for his time at the club but said that the club would be on a search for a 'new manager' in due course, with Way and Skiverton the pair in charge for an undefined period of time:
"We are very sad that the board had to reach this decision today and we thank Paul for his hard work during his time at Huish Park. We wish him well for the future, however we all felt that in the light of recent results we had no alternative. We will now begin our search for a new manager."
Sturrock had only been appointed by the club since April 9th 2015 when he was brought in with the club teetering on the edge of relegation to League Two. Although his first match in charge saw the club mathematically down, wins against high-flying Swindon Town and Sheffield United towards the end of last season gave the club some hope that there would be a turnaround to the club's fortunes during the season that followed.
Over the summer, the manager opted for a major clear-out of the first team squad, prompted by a particularly poor final day performance against Milton Keynes Dons that was followed by defeat in the Somerset Premier Cup Final against Taunton Town. Sturrock believed the club had a "negativity and lack of commitment and a losing mentality" amongst the players and so opted to retain only a small handful of the squad that he had inherited. In the end only Kevin Dawson was offered and accepted new terms with the club, with a total of sixteen departures eventually confirmed by the time the close season had finished.
That meant that a brand new squad was brought in for the 2015-16 season, but despite a number of impressive pre-season performances and results, the club's start to the League Two campaign was disrupted with the likes of Dawson, plus new signings Ryan Dickson, Marc Laird, Jack Compton and Ben Tozer suffering significant injuries that left the club short of players on the substitutes bench on numerous occasions.
Sturrock's hope was always that the return of those players would help improve on some poor early results, but delays on players returning to action, combined with the inevitable match fitness of those who have returned have failed to improve results. The club are currently twelve League Two games without a win - a statistic masked somewhat by a trio of cup wins during that period, including the Glovers knocking League One top two Coventry City and Gillingham out of the Football League Trophy.
His final record across all competitions with the Glovers stands as 6 wins, 8 draws and 16 defeats - something that changes slightly to 8 wins, 6 draws and 16 defeats once the club's two penalty shoot-out victories are factored into the final outcome of those games. He managed the club over just 30 matches, and leaves Huish Park with the Glovers in 24th place in the League Two table, with two points separating them and the safety line.
Despite things not having worked out in the way that we'd hoped they would, we wish Paul the best of luck in what he chooses to do in the future.
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