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Yeovil fans fuming after club announces that manager extends contract

Yeovil Town fans have been left furious this afternoon after their club announced that manager Darren Way had extended his contract to at least June 2021.

Way was made interim manager in December 2015 with the club at the bottom of League Two and having not won in twelve league matches.

His first game was an FA Cup First Round win over Stevenage. He was appointed as the permanent manager after drawing three of his four league matches.

With an improvement in form between January and April, which included an six match unbeaten run and two manager of the month awards, Way guided his side to safety, fourteen points clear of the drop.

He was appointed for three more years, the 2016/17 season saw the Glovers finish 20th, the 2017/18 season saw them end up 19th.

Yeovil chairman John Fry said to the club website: “When Darren stepped up to be manager in December 2015, the club was on the ropes and looked doomed to suffer a third successive relegation and loss of EFL status.

“Not only was Darren able to turn things around that season, but since then he has stabilised the club and has led us to some memorable games including the historic Emirates FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

“Darren also shares the club’s ambition to return to League One before the end of the 2020/21 season, so it makes sense to offer a contract to someone who has proven loyalty, effectiveness and ambition.”

Way also spoke: “When I took over, I declared a vision where we could nurture and develop future talent for our benefit both on and off the pitch. We’ve now grown to a point where the current squad boasts young talent who are assets to Yeovil Town Football Club.

“Young members of our team are representing their countries and all of this has been conjoined with the promotion of our own Academy products. Gabby Rogers and Daniel Ojo have both made their professional debuts in 2018/19, which shows the talent within our ranks which has taken time to build the environment needed for them to blossom.

“We need to continue the work that we’ve done but it’s so important that this squad has direction, focus and stability in order to consistently win football matches.

“Everything we do now is for the future and this commitment from myself and the football club will mark the next chapter in this exciting project.

“We want to deliver success and this contract extension provides a stable platform to see what we’ve built come to fruition, as together anything is possible.

“Thank you so much for your support which doesn’t go unnoticed.”


Since the came out earlier today, majority of supporters vented their anger at the club’s decision, and they certainly let rip – take a look at what they’re saying on the next page.


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