This afternoon sees Yeovil Town manager Darren Way reach a personal milestone in his management of the club. The 37 year old takes charge of his 100th game as part of the League Two fixture at Newport County's Rodney Parade ground, having been in charge of the Glovers since December 2015. He was the replacement for Paul Sturrock, initially acting as an interim manager until the club gave him the job on a permanent basis on New Year's Eve.
Darren had been operating under the title of Technical Coach since February 2010 - an appointment that coincided with his decision to retire from the game, following his December 2008 road traffic accident that had effectively ended his playing career. He served as a coach under Terry Skiverton, Gary Johnson and Paul Sturrock, always acting as the third in line, meaning that his leapfrogging of Skiverton in December 2015 came as a surprise.
His immediate impact on the club's form was strong, helping the Glovers escape relegation during the second half of the 2015-16 season, whilst the first half of the 2016-17 season pointed to more of the same, with the club occupying a solid upper mid-table position, and even briefly nudging into the play-off spots for one single game in December 2016, after the 5-0 victory over Crawley Town.
Unfortunately, the year 2017 has been rather more bleak for results, with Way's side struggling for wins, with a slide down the table seeing them finish in 20th place at the end of the 2016-17 season. This season has seen a similar start, although thankfully with enough points to keep their head above water, going into this afternoon's game in 17th place in the League Two table.
Darren Way's managerial career statistics for Yeovil Town break down as follows:
Games 99 Wins 30 Draws 35 Losses 34 Win Ratio 30.3%
When this is broken into both Seasonal and Calendar year segments, this gives the following for League games only:
Seasonal Records: (League Games Only)
2015-16 : Games 26 W9 D10 L7 F24 A25 Pts37. Win Ratio 34.6%
2016-17 : Games 46 W11 D17 L18 F49 A64 Pts50. Win Ratio 23.9%
2017-18 : Games 11 W3 D3 L5 F17 A24 Pts12. Win Ratio 27.3%
Calendar Records: (League Games Only)
2015 : Games 4 W0 D3 L1 F3 A4. Pts 3. Win Ratio 0.0%
2016 : Games 45 W17 D13 L15 F46 A47. Pts64. Win Ratio 37.0%
2017 : Games 34 W6 D14 L14 F41 A62. Pts 32. Win Ratio 17.6%
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