Whether it is a preemptive strike, or whether there have been rumours in deepest darkest Devon, former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has decided to nip in the bud any suggestion he might be looking to move away from Plainmoor. The 63 year old is currently at Torquay United, having taken over at the National League South side in September 2018, and has taken them from 14th in the table to first position across just 24 matches.
The Devon local press have headlined claiming that there are "reports linking him with a return to Yeovil Town". If those "reports" exist they're not very widespread - Johnson's name doesn't even appear on the long long list of management names on their odds for the next Yeovil job, whilst we haven't seen anything on the rumourmill. However, as part of that same report, the Devon media also say that it's not happening anyway, quoting Johnson as saying:
"As much as I respect Yeovil Town, where I had a great time and enjoyed great success, I have done my time there. I would not dream of leaving Torquay United anyway, where we have done a lot so far but there is so much more to do. I am on a new project here, and when you get great support from everyone at a club - players, supporters and top management - that's where you want to be. Tell everyone at Torquay not to worry!"
Johnson spoke about Darren Way's dismissal on BBC Somerset on Monday morning, and again returned to the themes that he brought up in the wake of his own dismissal in February 2015, which he later revisited when Paul Sturrock was sacked in December 2015. The former Glovers boss repeated his belief that the Yeovil Town Board and Owner had devoted too much time to the club's off-the-field development plans, which remain unfulfilled, although admitted that as he had not been employed by the club for a number of years, he couldn't speak with absolute authority on whether those problems had affected Way's time in charge.
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