Terry Skiverton: Yeovil manager accepts club will be relegated

Terry Skiverton
Terry Skiverton has spent 16 years at Yeovil, as a player and manager

Yeovil acting manager Terry Skiverton has admitted his side are unlikely to stave off relegation from League One.

The Glovers finished bottom of the Championship last season and Tuesday's 2-0 defeat by Colchester left them nine points adrift in the third tier.

Skiverton, who has been in temporary charge since Gary Johnson's sacking in January, said: "It's probably the end of what we've been trying to do.

"Now it's about pride. The players are fighting for their futures."

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Yeovil have been bottom for the last month and have eight games left to play.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset: "We changed the mentality of a losing squad for a short time but they've gone back into their old ways. We've gone out with a whimper.

"It's not just tonight or Saturday, it's been disappointing for the course of the season. Everyone that's part of this football club has to take responsibility for what's happened."

Skiverton captained Yeovil during their non-league days and was made manager after Johnson's first departure in 2005.

The 39-year-old kept the Glovers in League One during his three years in charge but moved back to being assistant upon Johnson's return to Huish Park in 2012.

Together they took the club to the Championship for the first time in their history but made an immediate return to League One last summer.

And after only six wins from 28 games, Johnson was dismissed, with Skiverton put in temporary charge.

"For someone who's been involved with this club for 16 years, to see a losing environment two seasons on the spin, that's been the hardest thing to take," said Skiverton.

Terry Skiverton
Terry Skiverton captained Yeovil during his 11 years as a Glovers player from 1999 to 2010

"When I first turned up at this club we were a really ambitious non-league team. We've reached heights but now we're going backwards, we've got to regroup and refocus."

Speaking about his own future at Huish Park, Skiverton added: "The chairman is working on how to take it forward and it could be an exciting time in the future.

"Whether I'm a part of that, along with anyone else in the dressing room, is up to the people upstairs. The decision isn't around the corner. I think it will be in the summer."