Glovers boss Steve Thompson has praised outgoing coach Maurice O'Donnell for his loyalty to Yeovil Town after his retirement was announced prior to yesterday's game following three spells with the club that date back to 1958 (see story below).
Speaking immediately after the game, Steve explained that the decision had come as a surprise to him: "Maurice only told me yesterday so we obviously got round quickly to arranging things. He has been at the club for ages. He got a nice send-off there and to get a nice send-off in front of nearly 9,000 people is lovely for Maurice because Maurice will remember the times when there were 1,200 people here. So that's nice for Maurice."
Steve also praised Maurice's loyalty adding that he was one of many people associated with Yeovil Town that had clocked up many years of service: "This club has got a lot of loyal hardworking people and Maurice is one of them that has been there a long time. There are people like Maurice, Stuart Housley and Jean Cotton. John Fry must have been here for 10 or 11 years if not more now. I have been here for eight years now and Terry Skiverton and some of the players have been here for a while now. There are a lot of loyal hard working people here at this club."
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