Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton has decided to resign his position at the club. Skivo, who was brought into the club in the summer of 1999 as a central defender under Colin Lippiatt has agreed to leave the club after ten years as a player, and two spells as first team manager, along with multiple spells as assistant manager.
Skiverton has described his decision as one that will allow him to take a break from football and spend more time with his family in the short term, but implies that he will be looking to get back into football at some point in the future. Skiverton has issued his own statement via the club's website explaining:
"After lots of consideration and with an extremely heavy heart, I have decided to step down as assistant manager of Yeovil Town Football Club. I feel it's time for me to step aside and spend more quality time with my family that I have sacrificed in the nine-and-a-half years in my management roles before pursuing any new challenges in my professional career. To the players past and present, it has been a joy coaching and developing you whilst going into battle week in, week out. I hope I have helped you to grow as players as well as role models."
Skiverton has issued his thanks to manager Darren Way upon his departure but also hadd his own personal message to the club's supporters, upon leaving the club:
"I would like to thank the manager but most importantly, my friend Darren Way, with whom I have shared battles and campaigns on the pitch as well as in the technical area where we enjoyed arguably our greatest ever achievement of being promoted to the Championship with Gary. Last but by no means least, I would like thank the supporters for their support during my time as a player, manager and assistant manager. I have been at Yeovil Town FC for almost half of my life and I look forward to moving my relationship with the supporters over into my next chapter. I would like to think that I will always be remembered for being a wholehearted, passionate, committed and hardworking servant within the first-team environment. My continued support goes out to the current team and my wish is for us all to come together and get behind the team for our future success. For now, my focus is my family before I begin the next chapter in my career."
The very best of luck to Skivo in his future plans. We'll provide a more lengthy assessment of his 19 years at the club in due course. The club have suggested that Skivo will "look to explore coaching options elsewhere within the club following a sabbatical" although exactly where that might be isn't clear at this stage.
The short term expectations are that Paul Terry will act as assistant manager for the immediate future, although the club haven't confirmed this at present. Paul had been First Team Coach since his return to the club over the summer of 2018. There is no word currently on whether the numerical drop in first team management/coaches will be addressed in the long run.