The extent to which the fortunes of football clubs can wax and wane can be seen on no greater contrast at present than in the recent experiences of Leicester City and Yeovil Town. A little over a year and a half ago, Leicester required a stoppage time equaliser from Chris Wood to secure a one-all draw from their match against the Glovers at the King Power Stadium. Fast forward back to the current day, however, and Leicester City, fuelled by the goals of Jamie Vardy, sit in second place in the Premier League, separated from Manchester City and top place by goal difference only. Yeovil Town, meanwhile, are now in bottom place in the entire Football League, following two successive relegations. And earlier this week, the club parted company with manager Paul Sturrock after just seven months in charge of the club.
What is troubling about Yeovil’s precipitous recent descent is that there seems to be no end to it in sight at the moment. Promotion to the Championship via the play-offs in 2013 was something of a surprise following five straight years of relative monotony in League One, and club chairman John Fry has subsequently admitted that the club was wholly unprepared for life in the Football League Championship.
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