Darren Way Interview by Chris Sweet
Promotion to the Sky Bet Championship has seen first team coach Darren Way become increasingly thorough in gleaning information towards what Yeovil Town hope are the foundations for success.
The Huish Park favourite was arguably one of the Glovers’ most significant signings of the summer, committing his future to the club alongside manager Gary Johnson and assistant Terry Skiverton.
As well as being a visible presence on the touchline, Way has since kept true to the management trio’s ethos of refusing to leave a stone unturned by running through not only their own squad but the opposition with a fine-toothed comb.
However, promotion to the second tier has not only brought a leap in standard but also a significant increase in potential players facing the Glovers, meaning a subsequent volume of information for Way to first digest and then relay.
He explained: “Because of the turnover of games and the quality of players and the numbers in squads, the tactical information that has to be provided has gone up a level.
“We need to know about 30-odd players, rather than 11 in League One that would be played week-in, week-out. Clubs are more flexible.
“Rather than identifying one strength, they have got five, six or seven. At the same time it’s important you don’t identify too many strengths and not enough weaknesses.
“The gaffer and Terry will relay that information practically on the training ground and that has to be the right information.
“It’s like a building process and the foundations have to be structured in the right way so it’s not an overload and too much.
“The information has to be the right information. How the players take it on board is down to them. Last year the information they took on was not as much and by getting promoted those details have gone up, be it fitness, nutrition or technical information.
“We’re relentless and by being relentless it’s all about wanting that individual to achieve the maximum potential they can during their time at our club.”
Despite the larger workload, Way is certainly not complaining about life in the Championship and is confident the Glovers will continue their recent trend of defying the odds.
“When you challenge yourself against bigger resources and against bigger clubs with entire departments doing certain roles we have to do, you can only enjoy that challenge,” said Way.
“I feel at the moment we’ve been close. The stats don’t lie and we are where we are, but we know we’re close. There can’t be any other picture this year other than to stay up and I believe we’ll do that.
“With the manager’s experience, he uses the concept of a book where he sees a run of events happening as he’s seen them before.
“That’s something I believe and I trust because when we are working nine times out of ten that story will eventually end up happening, whether that’s goals, keeping clean sheets or winning games.
“That planning and adjusting to the situation as it happens whilst dealing with it is something what we did last year.
“We had six defeats on the trot last season but by sitting down and looking at what we had to do with the players rising to the challenge meant we did well. It will be no different this year.”