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Chairman John Fry makes 'hardest decision' in 23 years at Yeovil Town

4 February 2015

Yeovil Town chairman John Fry has admitted the decision to relieve Gary Johnson of his managerial duties was the hardest of his 23 years at Huish Park.

Johnson returned for a second spell as Glovers boss in January 2012 and guided them to a first-ever promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in 2012/13, beating Brentford 2-1 in the Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.

But, this term, Yeovil have struggled and find themselves at the foot of the Sky Bet League 1 table with six wins from 28 games, four points adrift of safety.

Club chairman Fry told “The decision to relieve Gary of his management duties is the hardest I have been involved in during my 23 years at Huish Park

“I cannot speak too highly of the man who in the past brought so much success to our club. We part company on good terms and I would like personally to wish him well for the future.

“Gary took the Glovers from the Conference to the Championship and is regarded as one of the best managers in The Football League.

“More importantly, he is one of the most successful managers in Yeovil Town’s 119-year history.
“Unfortunately, ours is a business that depends on good results, and at this stage of the season the facts speak for themselves. Following our relegation from the Championship we are now bottom of League 1.   

“After considerable discussion regarding the best way forward, the club’s directors decided to terminate Gary’s contract and to pursue alternative managerial options.

“I sincerely hope our incredibly loyal fans understand our decision.”

Johnson's assistant Terry Skiverton has been appointed as acting manager, with Darren Way supporting him.

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