Yeovil have been slowly climbing through the ranks of English football over the last two decades. Back in 1996/67, the club were plying their trade in the Isthmian League, the seventh tier of the English football league system, before achieving promotions in 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2012/13 to reach the Championship, with eventual progression to the Premier League their ultimate goal.
However, the years that followed proved to be dreadful ones for the Somerset club, as consecutive relegations put them back in League Two, just two seasons after they had achieved promotion to the second tier. The slump didn’t stop there, as the club struggled to stay out of the drop zone throughout the season, eventually finishing in 19th place.
The last two seasons have seen four different managers take control of the club, with Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton and Paul Sturrock all having their turn prior to former midfielder Darren Way’s arrival in December 2015. The club were bottom of the table when he arrived, but he guided them out of the relegation zone and has helped the club to avoid similar struggles so far this term.
However, while Way is doing a decent enough job, the Yeovil board will recognise that they should be playing at a much higher level and will be keen to capture a manager that can return them, at the very least, back to League One.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is available after losing his job at Queens Park Rangers following a poor start to the season. While the club may struggle to convince him to drop down to League Two, the former Premier League star would be a good capture for Yeovil Town. He is still relatively new to management, yet he proved during his time at Burton Albion, when he guided the club from League Two to the top of League One, that he is more than capable of managing at this level.
Alternatively, the club should consider former Wigan boss Gary Caldwell. While his lack of experience showed in the Championship this season, the former player guided the club to the League One title last term and undoubtedly has the potential to be a fantastic manager in the future. He remains relatively low down in the managerial pecking order, yet that fact works in Yeovil’s favour, as he offers them the chance to grab a promising boss before bigger clubs undoubtedly come calling.
The club have already given experience a try with the appointments of Paul Sturrock and Gary Johnson, yet they were unable to unable to halt the club’s slump. However, if the club choose to give experience another try, Steve Evans could be a fantastic choice.
Despite his sacking, he did a brilliant job in the Championship last season with Leeds United and should surely be managing at a higher level. He is currently manager of League Two side Mansfield Town, but could be convinced to jump ship if Yeovil can prove that they have what it takes to return to the higher reaches of the game.