Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is hoping that the experiences of two other former Glovers midfielders in their club management, will allow him more time to sort out the club's current problems. Currently in 21st in the League Two table, they go into the Christmas on a run of six League Two fixtures without a victory, and only one point off the pair of clubs inside the relegation zone, clearly meaning that the Christmas period is an important one for the club. Way has implied that his situation is similar to that which Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale and Bristol City manager Lee Johnson found themselves in during last season, and so hopes his second half of the 2017-18 campaign will see an improvement.
Tisdale's Exeter side, who Yeovil Town face at Huish Park tomorrow, started off slowly during the start of their 2016-17 season, and were in the relegation zone over the first couple of games. However, they slowly climbed the table, and finished the season in a play-off place, whilst their form during the 2017-18 campaign has been good enough to see them in an automatic promotion position going into the halfway stage of the season.
Way says that Exeter's decision to stick with Tisdale during last season, despite their disappointing start, eventually reaped rewards, and says that he has a lot of respect for both the Grecians boss and their club for the way they stood firm:
"Paul Tisdale is someone that I've got a lot of time for and a lot of respect for, with the amount of games and how long he's been in it. It's something that I want to emulate at this football club. You get time, you get backing from the Board, and it's taken time for Paul to get into a position, as to where he is at in his career now. I have to take my hat off to him for that. He was under a little bit of pressure when I spoke to him last year, from supporters and maybe directors. I think it's at those moments where the loyalty that he showed to the football club was repaid. It turned out to be the right decision."
Way also cites the experience of his former midfield team-mate Lee Johnson, whose club this week hit the headlines after a last gasp victory over Manchester United in the Quarter-Finals of the League Cup. With Bristol City also flying high in the Championship division, in third place, that's a vast improvement on City's 17th place finish last season, that saw them go on a poor run of form, and local media speculation that Johnson Jnr was about to be fired. That didn't happen, and Way again cited that as an example of a club that had kept faith in their manager for a long period of time:
"I think in football now you have to compliment that because you see the scene of events last night at (Bristol) City. We've all got a long term strategy and a vision, but it's whether you get time to be able to put that in place. Bristol City last night was a prime example where everyone at that football club, where with the decision-making and sticking together, they've reaped the rewards."
The Yeovil boss has also suggested that the standard in League Two has gone up a level since he became manager, saying that the loss of sides such as Dagenham and Redbridge and York City has seen the division culled of some of his weaker clubs. Because of that, he believes that it is harder for him to compete in that division and said that he was in regular discussion with the club's Board, over what finances would be available to him:
"It's unfortunate that at the level we're competing against, and the resources that we're working with, it's becoming harder and harder every year, because the level has gone up, and the resources have unfortunately gone down. I'm not pointing the finger at anyone; that's just the way that it is. Being realistic, I'm up against it every minute of every day, and so are my players. That takes time, and we all know the only way it is going to move forward is by having open discussions with the Board of Directors on how we can get finances into the football club, and that's what we are doing."
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