De­ter­mined Dar­ren can show Way for­ward...

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Paul Ed­di­son

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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