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Darren Way: Yeovil ready for play-off push

DARREN Way has already persuaded Paul Terry to join his staff at Yeovil Town this summer – and he is not giving up hope of convincing Paul’s younger brother John to get involved at Huish Park.

The former England skipper is without a club after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season – and not a day goes by when Way does not drop hints to his newest coach about the possibility of his brother linking up with Yeovil.

Darren Way

The Yeovil manager is our first guest on the ROAR podcast, and in a wide-ranging interview, he discusses everything from dealing with criticism, his hopes for a top-half finish and a tilt at the League Two play-offs this season, and his own playing days with the club.

Praising Paul Terry as a “great addition” to his coaching staff, conversation turned to the former Yeovil man’s illustrious brother.

“He’s still a free agent,” said Way. “Don’t think I’ve not asked that question. Do you realise we have that conversation every day?

“Last year, our set-plays weren’t the greatest, and we just wanted more individuals to attack the ball, so we set up a Skype session with John Terry and it was fantastic, just the way he spoke. He’s such a leader.

“It’s quite interesting now: look at Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry’s career pathways. Gerrard’s just gone into Rangers, Frank’s just gone into Derby. You never know: John Terry Yeovil Town manager if it all goes wrong for me?

“I actually said to Paul the other day: “Just let him in; let him coach. He can stand with me on the touchline!” I would be proud of the fact John Terry was stood next to me on the touchline. Some managers become a little bit fearful […] but you’ve got to be quietly confident in your own ability that you allow others in. I wouldn’t be afraid of John coming in and doing as much as he wants really.”

Yeovil kick off their Sky Bet League Two season at Bury on Saturday, hoping to make a considerably better start than a year ago, when they lost 8-2 at Luton Town on the opening day.

And, after finishing bottom of the Championship, bottom of League One, 19th, 20th and 19th in League Two in successive seasons since winning the League One play-offs in 2012-13, Way is aiming for a top-half finish and even a run at the play-offs in 2018-19.

“I always believe as a manager – and what is success and failure as to where we are?” he said. “I know as a manager of the football club, I’m realistic – but having said that, with what I’ve got to work with this year, and what we’ve put in place, realistically we want top half of the table. And I feel, with the players we’ve got, if we’re top half of the table, we’re going to be close to the play-offs.”

Darren Way

Way was interviewed on Tuesday, before Tom James’s potential move to West Bromwich Albion fell through, and touched upon: taking over the club when it was “at its lowest” in 2015 (02:47); making Yeovil stable again (03:03); his son dealing with hearing criticism of his dad on the radio (04:20); falling attendances (11:17); why every player at Yeovil has to contribute (15:32); how some of the criticism of him has been deserved (18:00); his working relationship with Terry Skiverton (20:47); nagging Paul Terry about John (25:04); how often-maligned chairman John Fry is “a legend” (29:07); and much more.

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