Yeovil Town: Paul Sturrock leaves League Two's bottom club

Paul Sturrock
Yeovil have only won two league games this season

League Two's bottom side Yeovil Town have parted company with manager Paul Sturrock.

Sturrock, 59, only took charge in April but the club have gone 12 league games without a victory and are in danger of suffering a third straight relegation.

Darren Way has been installed as interim manager at Huish Park.

"We are very sad that the board had to reach this decision today and we thank Paul for his hard work during his time at Huish Park," said chairman John Fry.

Speaking in November to BBC Points West, Fry had vowed to stick by Sturrock, but Saturday's defeat against Northampton Town proved decisive.

Yeovil have 11 points from 20 games and have only won twice all season, but are still just two points from safety.

Investment, ambition and personality
"The club needs investment, ambition and personality. Everyone needs to look at themselves and ask if they are doing enough to keep the club being competitive. The club does not deserve to be where it was 12 years ago." - Former Yeovil manager Gary Johnson

"We wish him well for the future, however we all felt that in the light of recent results we had no alternative," added Fry. "We will now begin our search for a new manager."

On 19 May 2013, the club were celebrating promotion into the Championship for the first time in their history, but less than 1,000 days later they face a fight to stay in the Football League.

Interim boss Way says staying up is their only target this season and called for unity at the club.

"The club now has to see avoiding relegation as a success and we will be working as hard as possible to turn things around," he said.

"As long as we focus on that and work together, I am sure we will achieve this."

Former Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, who earned them promotion into the second tier, has ruled out a return to the club, saying he is happy with his current role at National League leaders Cheltenham Town.

Johnson believes it was always going to be a difficult season for the club after the huge turnover of players in the summer, but also says chairman Fry should not stand down from his role.

"A club has got to be very wary its standards do not drop," Johnson told BBC Somerset.

"If they do, they only have one way to go. Towards the end there, a lot of time, energy and money was put into this development saga and not enough funds to keep the club competitive and that's what happened at the end.

"I wouldn't put it all on John Fry but he probably needs to take more football decisions because he is bogged down with the development saga. He doesn't deserve all the stick."

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