Paul Sturrock: Yeovil Town confirm manager appointment

Paul Sturrock
Yeovil are the eighth club Sturrock has held the manager's post with

Yeovil Town have appointed former Plymouth and Southend boss Paul Sturrock as their new manager.

The 58-year-old, promoted five times as manager, left his role as advisor to Conference side Torquay on Wednesday just four days after taking the job.

Yeovil, currently rooted to the bottom of League One, will suffer back-to-back relegations if they lose at home to Notts County on Saturday.

Sturrock told BBC Somerset he took the job because of the "challenge".

The Scot said: "I like restructuring football clubs, squads and getting promotions. That's the challenge I've set myself here.

"It would have been nice for Real Madrid or Barcelona to call, but that's not going to happen. And, to be fair, this is the kind of job that I enjoy."

Sturrock said that he has yet to agree a length of contract with the Glovers, but after a brief spell with Torquay says he was ready to get back into the dugout.

"I was really thankful of the opportunity at Torquay, but obviously this is something I couldn't turn down," he continued.

"I've had 40-odd years in football - it's like it's in the blood. Taking training today was like a breath of fresh air, I missed that. The buzz on Saturdays, that highs and lows of winning and losing, it's great."

Sturrock is already preparing for life in League Two, but wants to get some wins before the end of the season, starting with Notts County on Saturday.

Paul Sturrock
Paul Sturrock celebrates winning promotion from the Third Division with Plymouth in 2002

"We'd like to win a few games to leave a taste of hope," he added.

"I hope the players haven't got their Speedos and goggles on for the summer holidays and we get a bit of commitment out there."

Caretaker boss Terry Skiverton had been in charge since Gary Johnson was sacked in January and will revert back to his role as assistant manager, with former Glovers midfielder Darren Way as first-team coach.

On Monday, following a 4-0 defeat away at Fleetwood which left Yeovil 13 points adrift of safety with only five matches remaining, Skiverton said there would be changes at the club.

He said some members of the team who featured at Highbury would never play for them again.

Sturrock was sacked by Southend in March 2013 after three years in charge, although he was controversially told he could lead the side out in the final of the Football League Trophy at Wembley a week later - an offer he declined.

The former Dundee United player guided St Johnstone to promotion to the Scottish top flight in 1996-97. He led Plymouth to the Third Division title in 2001-02 and saw them to the top of the Second Division two seasons later before leaving for Southampton with 12 matches remaining.

He also won promotion with Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon from League One and League Two respectively.

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