It was announced, yesterday, that Terry Skiverton, one of Yeovil’s longest servants, has signed on for another season as Darren Way’s assistant manager.
In the current Yeovil Town climate, the reaction was split. In some circles, Skivo has become the face of the Glovers decline. His stints as manager were largely unsuccessful and have been the springboard to his position as the scapegoat. When there’s a defensive error, it’s Skiverton’s fault. When a player isn’t making someone on a set piece, it’s Skiverton’s fault.
Some seem to find it hard to remember what Terry Skiverton was on the field.
In 1999, Skiverton was signed for the Glovers from Welling United by Colin Lippiatt. He spent the rest of his playing career in Green and White, making 328 appearances. Yeovil Town’s trophy-laden years were led by Skiverton as the Glovers captain. Rumour has it, he is still carrying around Lee Trundle in his pocket.
He took over from Russell Slade in 2009 and maintained Yeovil’s League One status until Gary Johnson returned to the club in 2012.
The clamour for change at Huish Park is understandably overwhelming. While the owners are untouchable and Darren Way is being given every opportunity to prove himself, many saw the replacement of Skiverton as the opportunity for change. Like it or not, Skiverton is part of the fabric of Huish Park and will down in history as one of Yeovil’s greatest players.
Speaking to BBC Somerset, Darren Way said: “We always knew that was going to happen. He’s been an unbelievable servant for Yeovil Town Football Club. He’s someone that I’ve worked with for a number of years. We started off in the Conference and we worked together extremely hard in the Championship. He’s been a manager and he’s got a wealth of experience and I know what he can add as far as an assistant manager is concerned, as to where we want to get to. He’s been there, he’s done it and I’m very pleased he’s decided to re-sign.”
Ciderspace is reporting that former-Portsmouth right-back Calvin Davies is will be giving “it a right crack” on trial with the Glovers. “It was a bit strange, I received a random phone call from their manager (Darren Way) inviting me there. I’m not too sure how it came about but I believe I can play at that level and I’ve heard good things about the manager. It’s down to me to prove my worth. There are also a couple of other things which could happen, yet are not 100 per cent at the minute, but I’m focussed on Yeovil and will give it a right crack. Yeovil are a Football League club and full-time, so hopefully I can impress.”
Darren Way also confirmed that the club had been in talks with former winger Jack Compton but said: “At the moment there’s nothing concrete where I could say that Jack Compton is coming in tomorrow.”
The club’s announcement of Jake Gray’s signing has become a bit of a viral hit. Credit where credit’s due, it was a great use of social media and, one assumes, the first of its kind. Top work by the media department at Huish Park. Good luck topping that one!
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