Gary Johnson replaces Terry Skiverton as Yeovil Town manager

Gary Johnson has returned to Yeovil Town for his second spell as manager.

He replaces Terry Skiverton, who will now work as assistant to the 56-year-old at Huish Park.

Johnson has been out of a job since leaving League Two Northampton in November, and was linked to the vacant position at Bristol Rovers.

"Me and Terry spoke for six hours yesterday about the future and we were both very happy that we could get the club moving," he told BBC Points West.

"Myself and Terry go back a long way - I was his gaffer for five years. All the success that Yeovil had, we had together.

YEOVIL UNDER SKIVERTON

Terry Skiverton
  • 144 games in charge - 38 wins, 41 draws and 65 defeats
  • 2008/09 - finished 17th in League One
  • 2009/10 - finished 15th
  • 2010/11 - finished 14th
  • 2011/12 - currently 21st, two points from safety

"Although it's manager and assistant manager, I see it as a manager that's been split down the middle."

He added: "It definitely feels like coming home, that's for sure."

Johnson managed the Glovers from 2001 until 2005, when he left to join Bristol City, and is widely regarded as one of their most successful managers.

He arrived in Somerset after his spell as the manager of the Latvia national team, when Yeovil were still a non-league side.

They lifted the FA Trophy in his first year in charge and the following season won promotion to the Football League as Conference champions.

Johnson led them to League One before leaving to join west country neighbours Bristol City, and was succeeded by his former assistant Steve Thompson at the Glovers.

Skiverton, who made 328 appearances as a Yeovil player and captained the side under Johnson, had been in charge since February 2009 and has kept the club in League One, although they are currently in the relegation zone.

JOHNSON'S MANAGERIAL CAREER

  • 1992-1995: Cambridge United
  • 1995-1997: Kettering
  • 1999-2001: Latvia
  • 2001-2005: Yeovil
  • 2005-2010: Bristol City
  • 2010-2011: Peterborough
  • 2011: Northampton
  • 2012: Yeovil

"It was a difficult decision," admitted Skiverton. "But to be fair it felt like a natural fit.

"When I first spoke to the chairman it stung a bit and it would have been easy for me to walk away but there's just something about this football club. I've been here 12 years and for some reason I just can't get away.

"The chairman and the board think this is the best way to move forward, and I agree with them."

Johnson added that he would like to see goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart, Skiverton's assistant Nathan Jones and coach Darren Way stay at the club, although their future roles have not yet been confirmed.

The club have also announced that Tottenham striker Jon Obika, 21, will stay on loan at Huish Park until the end of the season and will be available to play in Tuesday's League One game with Sheffield United.