Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson wants to look forward, not backward, after reversing back to his Assistant Manager/First Team Coach role at Huish Park. Thommo has admitted in the past to his displeasure at being taken out of last year's managerial position, but has told the Western Daily Press that he wants Russell Slade's arrival as manager to represent the drawing of a line over the past.
Thommo was not present at the Press Conference on Wednesday, but the WDP caught up with him whilst he was undertaking a League Managers Association coaching course at Warwick University.
Thommo said of the new appointment: "Obviously it's important that we hit the ground running and I will be doing everything I can to help Russell. I said what I said at the time (when reverted back to assistant manager) and there is no need for me to go into that again. We will look to the future now, not the past."
Steve was mindful of the poor start that the Glovers had last season which in the end condemned them to a year of hovering a few points above the relegation zone: "It is important that we get a good start because we know from last season just how competitive this division is. Russell is an experienced manager and I have spoken to him quite a few times before. I do not know him well, but obviously I will get to know him well over the next few weeks. He is a very strong-willed character who very nearly got Grimsby promoted last season. He's obviously got a good track record and it's important that we bring our experience and qualities together for the good of Yeovil Town."
Steve also told the paper of the targets he expected to set for the coming season: "We want to take the club forward and that means stabilising and then looking to progress into play-off and promotion contention. We have come a long way in the last few years and that must not stop now. We have to look to improve - we finished 15th in League One last year and we have to do better next season."
Both this week's Western Gazette and the WDP have speculated that both Thommo and his former assistant Kevin Hodges may be lined up for the Exeter City job after Alex Ingelthorpe announced that he was stepping down, having secured himself two job offers - the First Team Manager's job at Franchise FC and also the Youth Team job at Tottenham Hotspur.
But Thommo was not too interested in waxing lyrical about the vacancy at St James Park: "As far as I am concerned, I have a job to do at Yeovil and that's all I'm thinking about."
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