JOHN­SON HAS FAITH IN SKIVS TO SAVE YEOVIL

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joshua Richards

SACKED Yeovil Town boss Gary John­son be­lieves his tem­po­rary re­place­ment Terry Skiver­ton is ca­pa­ble of keep­ing the team in League One.

John­son was re­lieved of his du­ties on Tues­day with the Glovers, rel­e­gated from the Cham­pi­onship last term, at the foot of the ta­ble.

For­mer Chelsea trainee Skiver­ton, 39, spent more than a decade play­ing in green and white hoops and man­aged Yeovil be­fore John­son re­turned for his sec­ond stint in charge.

Skiver­ton has now been in­stalled as in­terim manager and John­son has passed on his bless­ing.

With coach Dar­ren Way by Skiver­ton’s side, John­son says Yeovil can buck the trend and stay afloat.

“The only peo­ple that could see it through would be Terry Skiver­ton and Dar­ren Way,” he said.

“If they went, there would be no hope. If they stay, we’ll sur­vive.

“But I was ready, able and will­ing to see this through. There was still time. We’d made a con­scious de­ci­sion that we were go­ing to get out of this. The chair­man knew I was will­ing to stay and see it through.”

And Skiver­ton agrees that he is up to the chal­lenge.

“I have ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing here and go­ing to the sec­ond-last game to keep Yeovil safe,” he said.

“I know that me and the staff have the abil­ity to do it.” DE­SPITE vow­ing to sign a whole new team fol­low­ing last week­end’s 4-1 home hu­mil­i­a­tion to Scun­thorpe, Ley­ton Ori­ent boss Fabio Liverani had to make do with just one new face on trans­fer dead­line day.

Goal­keeper Alex Cisak, 25, has joined on loan from Burn­ley un­til March 9, though a deal has also been agreed to ex­tend Ryan Hedges’ loan from Swansea un­til the end of the sea­son.

“Against Scun­thorpe, I saw a team with­out guts, heart, courage, with­out any­thing,” said Liverani. “From now on things are chang­ing, there are no more days off dur­ing the week and we will have dou­ble train­ing ses­sions.

“Achiev­ing 50 points to stay up is a big chal­lenge, but we can get out of this if we all stick to­gether and try to get out of this sit­u­a­tion.”

POS­I­TIVE: Terry Skiver­ton

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