After retaining Yeovil Town’s Football League status last season, Darren Way is focused on becoming the catalyst to propel the Glovers back up to the higher echelons of the English footballing pyramid.
Having spent 16 years at Huish Park as a player, coach and now manager, the 36-year-old has started his first full-season as manager.
After bringing in 14 players in the summer, Town have recorded 10 points from their opening 11 matches with a target – set by the players – of finishing mid-table in Sky Bet League Two.
With Way committed to the Club for the next three years, the former fans’ favourite is determined to bring success back to Huish Park.
"The League Two level has gone up. Every game you play in now the energy and commitment that goes into it is high.
"We’ve got a lot of positives – we’ve got the academy and the ladies football – but I’m afraid to say it’s going to take time to reach the dizzying heights of where we were before.
"I’ve had one pre-season and now we’re starting on a journey to build a football club back up again.
"That’s not going to happen overnight. We’ve had two managers that have tried to do it before me and couldn’t.
"I know the energy, work and commitment that the staff are putting in behind the scenes makes me proud to come in every day and to be manager."
Way’s targets are part of the Club’s ambition to return to the higher levels of the Football League, but the Gaffer is keen to stress the importance of patience.
"I’m a supporter of Chelsea. I want them to win the league every year but they don’t necessarily do that. And they’ve got millions of pounds to spend," Way said.
"Man United supporters want their team to win every week and they don’t do that. So you have to be realistic as to where we are as a football club.”