Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson to put friendship with Swindon Town's Kevin MacDonald to one side
Gary Johnson will put a long-standing friendship to one side this evening when Yeovil Town lock horns with promotion rivals Swindon Town at Huish Park.
Sixth in npower League One hosts fifth with only goal difference separating the sides that have targeted a top six place as the minimum for the end of next month.
The clash also sees two managers who first met during the early stages coaching careers go toe-to-toe on the touchline.
Both Glovers’ boss Johnson and opposite number Kevin MacDonald studied for their UEFA Pro Licences together, striking an immediate rapport.
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Johnson said: “I know Kevin well. I did my Pro Licence coaching course with him. He’s a good lad and he’s very competitive so I am sure sometimes his persona is not what the lads will see.
“It was a very clever appointment in my opinion. They have gone against that Paolo Di Canio in-your-face manager and gone for Kevin, they have gone for a change.
“Once the game starts then the other dugout doesn’t affect you. You have got to affect your team, it only affects you when they start throwing water over you or throwing abuse.”
Johnson added that the Glovers would have to be better than Swindon across the board to give them the best chance of victory.
“Every game is a difficult game because the level is so close but the three points are now big, there’s no doubt about that and the more we can do the better,” he said.
“If we can get our lads more ready than they are getting their lads ready and our crowd is bigger than their crowd, like our dad is bigger than their dad, then we can get a fantastic victory.
“It is always better having a week between games if you have won your last game, but we drew with Crawley when we thought we should have won.
“What it does allow you to do is get your organisation right and we had to make sure that if they trained once on Monday we trained twice and if they took Wednesday off, we didn’t.
“It was important that all our efforts were going into this game. We look organised, we look strong, we have certainly got competition for places so training has been lively.”