2017/18 League Two Preview: Darren Way and Yeovil
- 11th July 2017
Mike Holden (@Ratings_Mike) previews Darren Way and Yeovil ahead of the upcoming 2017/18 League Two season.
Darren Way the player might be a Huish Park legend but the patience of most Yeovil fans is wearing thin with Way the manager. The Glovers finished last season looking every inch like relegation fodder, winning just three of their final 27 matches. The loss of wingers Otis Khan (to injury) and Ryan Hedges (recalled by Barnsley) in January stripped them of creativity, leaving some tactical limitations exposed. The summer brought an exodus of key players with Matty Dolan and Kevin Dawson turning down new deals to join potential relegation rivals.
"Quirky" was how Ben Tozer once described Way’s methods and he certainly came across that way when delivering a Power Point presentation to local journalists in his first press conference as permanent boss. He’s a high stakes manager, perpetually ramping up the importance of the next game, and dreaming up weird and wonderful ways to grab players’ attention whenever he has such a point to make. The whiteboard is his preferred method of expression, scrawling out motivational messages about values and principles in team meetings.
"I’ve gained a lot of experience. I’m not going to lie, I’ve made mistakes but that’s all part of my development. Last season, I think the January transfer window was massive, only because it was the first time managers have ever had to deal with a window that shuts and you can’t do any other business. There were no emergency loans and to close the window on the day of a game was ridiculous. I have to make sure I do my homework because the loans are so important."
The Glovers are on a downward spiral. The club has been in decline for the past four years - their win ratio in that time is just 22 per cent - and last season was their lowest finish since climbing out of non-league 14 years ago. The decisions of Dolan and Dawson, in particular, making sideways moves to Newport and Cheltenham, is a damning indictment. However, the summer window presents Way with an opportunity to rebuild and the hope is that fresh faces will be more responsive.