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Yeovil manager quits club to be appointed at Woking

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll quits the club to be appointed at Woking in a surprise switch of National League clubs on Monday.

He leaves the Glovers after three years in charge, with Saturday’s 2-0 win over Southend being Sarll’s 134th and final match in charge and after speculation emerged on Sunday night around his departure.

Yeovil issued a short statement at 10am on Monday morning with assistant Charlie Lee taking over the first-team in the interim period.

Sarll exits Huish Park with the club sitting 12th, having steadied the ship on the field amidst much uncertainty behind the scenes, and now moves to Woking who lie 15th in the table, five points below Yeovil.

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YEOVIL STATEMENT:

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Darren Sarll with immediate effect.

Sarll, who has been at the helm since 2019, has accepted an offer from another National League side.

All at Yeovil Town would like to place on record our thanks to Sarll for all his efforts over his three seasons in charge. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

Charlie Lee will take interim charge of the football club for the foreseeable future.

We will not be making further comment at this time.

WOKING STATEMENT:

Woking Football Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Darren Sarll as Manager.

Sarll joins the Club from Yeovil Town where he has held the same role since June 2019. Sarll’s contract runs through the end of the 2023/24 season.

“The Club received dozens of quality applications for the job, and Darren was a top candidate from the moment we reviewed his CV,” said Woking Chief Executive John Katz. “We were extraordinarily impressed with his aggressive playing style, budget maximization, and the table positions he has achieved in his time at Yeovil, including reaching the playoffs in his first season.”

Sarll, 39, has managerial and coaching experience in the Football League and the National League, including two stints at Stevenage, along with spells at Brentford, Rotherham United, and Yeovil Town.

He also served as Academy Manager and U23 Manager for Watford in the Premier League.

During his second stint at League Two Stevenage, Sarll was named Caretaker Manager in February 2016, earning results in 11 of their last 18 matches of the season – lifting the side from a relegation battle before finishing safely in 18th. He became the permanent Manager at the end of that season and engineered a lift from 18th to 10th in the table between the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.

Sarll has been named SkyBet EFL League Two Manager of the Month in February 2017 and has been twice named the Vanarama National League Manager of the Month (September 2019 and November 2021).

At Yeovil Town, his career win percentage finished at nearly 50% including League matches and FA Cup ties.

“I am very honoured and proud to be offered the Manager’s position at one of the last great Non-League institutions,” said Sarll. “For years Woking has found success at the very top of Non-League, and in tandem with John, Drew and the Board, my ambition is to close that gap that exists right now within what is a very competitive division.

“After twenty years of working in this industry, I hope my experiences can accelerate the professional on-field growth of the Football Club. I am looking forward to meeting the players and staff and all of you – the supporters.”

Caretaker Manager Ian Dyer will resume his duties as Assistant Manager under Sarll. The Club would like to congratulate Ian on his record as Caretaker, which featured a run of 3 wins on the spin, 4 consecutive clean sheets, and 10 points from a possible 18.

Twitter users reacted as the Yeovil manager quits club to be appointed at Woking…

@JGreenwood91: Great stuff all round. However, just a thought, did you ask Dean Brennan if we could appoint him? He seems to know best about who our manager should be! 😆 Best of luck to Darren and of course @_iandyer – great to see you stay!

@AdzBow1983: Welcome to Woking Darren, So happy that @_iandyer is staying as well.

@clarkey_90: Please look after him. You’ve got a great coach and an even better man there 💚

@WestyYTFC: Thanks for everything Darren, you deserved so much better than what you got and led the club well through a really tough period with the passing of Lee and the mess of an ownership. Good luck at Woking.

@JayT8500: What the actual fuck, gutted 😢 Darren seemed genuinely invested and helped steady a fast sinking ship. Will always be welcomed back to the club I imagine 💚🤍

@MotYeliab: darren, you made me come back to my home team… thank you, best of luck to wherever you go next 💚

@Andy_Merritt: Dragged the club through arguably its toughest period ever, United the fans and bought the feel good factor back to huish. Thanks for everything Darren 💚

@ytfcaj00: All the best Darren, have to say i cant blame you in the slightest

@CleaveO: Gutted. 😞 Thank you Darren and good luck for the future. 💚 Will the last one to leave Huish Park please turn the lights off?

@jmarsden22222: Club is done . Kill it off. Loved him as a manager. He will now take half our players for next season #ytfc

@CockramAdam: Gutted 😫 don’t blame him in the slightest given how he was treated, @scottpriestnall time to go!

@RossTC21: A new low.

@ChrisWhiteVFTSL: Quite shocked at this, he hasnt had the investment in the squad but got the most out of what he had

@Keysey01: We’ll done Darren, great job keeping us going. As far as the future’s concerned the statement from Jenkins yesterday makes me think the takeover is imminent so hope this is part of the master plan.

@Jimmi_Dee91: No offence to Darren but it’s been a long time coming. @YTFC show some ambition with the next appointment. Ian Holloway is literally on our doorstep out of work. Get him in!!

@JordanAJlynk: United a football club that’s on it fucking knees. A fucking super manager and super man, hope there is something positive thinking behind this cause I can’t possibly see why we’d be happy to let him leave. Thanks for everything Darren 💚💚

@WillParf: He came into the club at possibly the lowest point in the clubs history. He created a squad the reignited passion in the fans and has dealt with the worst circumstances imaginable with the utmost grace. Hope he smashes it at Woking

@WillB_2003: Comments and quotes tell you all you need to know. We’ve just poached one of the best young managers at this level from a bigger club than us. Shows the ambition from Katz and the board going forwards 🔴⚪️

@G4Rapha: What on earth is that statement. The guy has been amazing for 3 years, which included a global pandemic and the literal passing of the club captain who was clearly also a great friend, and you will be saying no more at this time? Strange treatment of a real class act #YTFC

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