Thompson signs Glovers deal
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Former Yeovil boss Steve Thompson has signed a new contract as first-team coach.
Former Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson has signed a new contract as first-team coach at Huish Park.
Thompson is staying on with the Somerset outfit, despite stepping down as Glovers boss following the end of the past season.
Thompson stepped up to take charge following Gary Johnson's decision to succeed Brian Tinnion as Bristol City manager last autumn.
After signing his new deal with the West Country club, Thompson stressed how important the coming season will be to the club.
"This is a very important time for the club," Thompson told the club's official website.
"We have players to sign and I am sure the new manager will be turning his attention to this particular issue.
"It will be a very important season for the club and I am focusing all my efforts on next season.
"My family are very settled in Yeovil and their welfare is obviously very important to me, so that came into the equation as well."
The news comes as Yeovil have filled the vacancy left by the departure of goalkeeper Steve Collis to Southend, as former West Ham United trainee Darren Behcet has signed a two-year deal at Huish Park.
The 20-year-old impressed The Glovers during a trial last season and following his release from Upton Park, the young custodian decided to continue his career with the League One side.
The club have also signed teenage Irish midfielder Stephen Maher on a two-year contract from Eircom League Premier Division side Dublin City.
The 18-year-old Dubliner has started his career in the youth ranks of Irish clubs Home Farm and Cherry Orchard.
The Republic of Ireland Under-18 international then joined Shelbourne as a 16-year-old before moving to Dublin City last summer, where he played in their Under-21 side.