Determined Darren can show Way forward...
AFTER 20 operations, months in a wheelchair and a premature end to his playing career, new Yeovil boss Darren Way knows all about adversity.
So when he got the chance to take over a Glovers side that was rooted to the foot of the Football League and destined for a hat-trick of relegations, he had no qualms about stepping into the role.
He’s already had plenty of tips from giants of the game, most notably Sir Alex Ferguson when he first took on the role on an interim basis following the sacking of Paul Sturrock.
And having picked up his first win in the league last weekend against fellow strugglersYork, Way – whose arduous journey back began after a car accident in late 2008 – is confident of saving the club where he spent most of his playing career.
“When you look at everything I’ve been through with the accident and 20 operations I know what adversity is,” said Way.“As a footballer you spend half your time outside in the fresh air so to be consigned to a hospital bed and not being able to get out, it was a difficult time.
“But it’s at times like that when you find out how many people are there for you.
“When I had the accident (current Barnet boss) Martin Allen was one of the first people to call me, and I’ve already gone up against him since taking over here.
“The help I’ve received since I started has been incredible, and obviously the call from Sir Alex was very special.
“People have asked whether I’m ready to be a manager but I always say ‘Are you ever ready?’
“I know this club, I was here when we got promoted to the Football League and as we moved up the divisions – and I’m determined to make sure we stay here.”
Yeovil were known as giant-killers in the FA Cup in the past and they return to cup action today away to Carlisle.The game will be played at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground after Carlisle’s Brunton Park was a victim of December floods.
“I’ve had some good results in the cup as a player and for the club it’s always a huge opportunity,” he added.“If we can get through then we could go on a bit of a run but we know that Carlisle have been doing well.
“I’ve told the players that I want to give them the chance to prove themselves before we look at bringing players in.
“One of the things I’ve done since arriving is to try to get them closer to the fans and that has had a positive effect so far.”
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