Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he is aware of the criticism he receives as first team manager, but considers it largely part of footballing culture. The Glovers boss is now 141 games into his managerial career, but has come under fire at times, most recently following the club's FA Cup exit at the hands of Fleetwood Town earlier this month.
Speaking to BBC Somerset as part of their forthcoming Sports Review Of The Year programme, he points out that he was receiving similar stick this time last year, but finished the season in 14th place in the League One table, sandwiched between Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday, after a much improved second half of the season. Skivo told the BBC:
"It is a radio culture, where you've got phone-ins, you've got internet sites now, where it is far easier to come up with all my negatives than it is to come up with my positives. Last year we finished on the same points as Charlton and above Sheffield Wednesday. But at Christmas, I didn't have a clue. I was somebody who was wasting away the football club, by making poor decisions, and shouldn't be the manager."
Skiverton adds that he accepts that will happen during times when his teams don't perform well, but says that he works with sports psychologist Mark Layder, to ensure he keeps focus, and maintains his view of a 'bigger picture' of where he wants to take the club:
"That's the way it is nowadays, and that's modern football. I've realised that; I work with the psychologist to make sure that I am always in control, and my team is always in control. There's a bigger picture to make sure that this club is safe again."
The BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol Sports Review Of The Year programme goes out this year on Christmas Eve, this coming Saturday, with the one hour programme commencing at 1.00p.m. on all frequencies. The programme usually cycles around the seven or eight major football, rugby and other sporting sides across the hour, giving 5-10 minutes covering the highs and lows of the calendar year.
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