Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has confirmed that he has taken on an additional coach in the last few days. For Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage tie against Chelsea Under-21s, the home dugout had former Norwich City and Bristol Rovers midfielder Jamie Shore acting as one of the named Glovers coaches during the game.
Shore isn't a stranger to Yeovil Town, and his connections with Way go back two decades. Shore was two years ahead of Way, but both were part of the same Norwich City academy system. Like Way, Shore didn't make it as a professional at Carrow Road, with a serious knee injury an subsequent problems plaguing his brief professional career. He left Norwich in 1998 and signed for Bristol Rovers. His path crossed briefly with Way at this stage, given that in July 2000, Way had an unsuccessful trial with the Gas, the result of which was that he headed down the A37 to trial for Yeovil instead.
Jamie retired from professional football in 2002, and spent time in non-league for Brislington and Mangotsfield United, but has largely forged a career in coaching and scouting. He has worked with Team Bath and Blackpool in youth coaching capacities as well as running a satellite development centre for West Bromwich Albion. He's been running his own Soccer Schools programme, as well as working as a Talent Scout for Norwich City. Last season, he was also involved with Yeovil Town's Academy for a short period, taking charge of Under-18s fixtures.
Way explained that at present there are no permanent arrangements for Shore's involvement with the club, but said that with only himself and Terry Skiverton involved in the main coaching duties that having a third person around would be helpful to him:
"Jamie has been in, over the last two days. He's a great coach, and he's good for me to have around the building. He's an extra pair of hands, which is needed, because when you've been the manager of the football club, and when I look at Gary (Johnson), he had Terry and myself, and at the moment it's just been myself and Terry. So the workload that he has taken is not a permanent fixture, but Jamie has got time and he's come in as an extra pair of hands to help me out."
Shore is the second person that Way has recruited during the 2017-18 season, with goalkeeping coach Steve Phillips having arrived at the club, also on an 'interim' basis, with Sam Shulberg leaving the club.
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