Yeovil Town's new interim manager Darren Way has said that he sees taking charge of the club's first team duties to be an honour and a privilege as he attempts to get them out of the League Two relegation zone. The Plymouth-born 36 year old has been put in charge following today's departure of Paul Sturrock, and will be the main man in the dugout for Saturday's FA Cup Second Round match against Stevenage, with the job being his for an undefined period whilst the club choose a 'new manager' to replace Sturrock.
Way has been a first team coach at the club since February 2010, after he had to retire from the game, following horrific injuries sustained during a December 2008 car crash. He worked initially under Terry Skiverton's management before becoming part of teams led by Gary Johnson and Paul Sturrock, but now takes the lead role with Skiverton retaining his existing role. Despite this being his first lead role, he has said in a message on the club's website that he is prepared to take full responsibility for the decisions that he will make as manager:
"I am proud and honoured to be given this opportunity to be interim manager of Yeovil Town and I feel I have worked hard throughout my career to have been given this chance. We are all disappointed to be in the position we are in at the moment and I can assure everyone of you that I will be working my hardest to try to turn our fortunes around. I am not expecting anyone else to do this job for me, I know that the decisions and selections I make will fall on me and only me."
Way added that he felt that the club's players and supporters needed to show more togetherness, which much of the past 18 months having seen plenty of dissent from fans on the terraces across a succession of management teams. He said that himself and the players needed to help provide reasons for that unity to be reestablished:
"I think that working for Yeovil Town Football Club should be a privilege. It is now up to myself and the players we have here to prove to the fans that they are privileged to be at Huish Park as football can change quickly. I would love for the players and staff to bring the supporters closer together with the club as I feel for a long time now that the togetherness has not been there. I know the only way we can do that is by winning games. I want a group of players that are going to pull together as a team, I donít want a team of individuals. This will not make us win every game but will certainly make us better in the long run."
With the next League Two games not taking place for another ten days, Way will have to wait a while before he gets a chance to do anything about the club's current problems at the foot of the division. However, despite FA Cup and Football League Trophy games against Stevenage and Oxford United coming his way in quick succession, he made it clear what his number one priority was:
"The club now has to see avoiding relegation as a success and we will be working as hard as possible to turn things around. As long as we focus on that and work together, I am sure we will achieve this. This is going to be a hard task, but I can assure all Yeovil Town fans that I will be showing leadership to try and bring smiles back to Yeovil Town Football Club."
Link: February 2010 : Darren Way Retires ... And Turns To A Coaching Role.
Link: Darren Way : Player Profile.
Link: Management Departure Confirmed : Paul Sturrock Leaves Yeovil Town.
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