24-Jan-2018 16:38:32 | The Guardian
After a near-fatal car crash ended his playing career, Darren Way threw himself into management with Sir Alex Ferguson’s backing, and will now test himself against José Mourinho
It is 10.30am on Thursday morning and three hours after laying out the cones, Darren Way is back at Yeovil Town’s training ground, over the road from the airfield and around the corner from Huish Park, where Manchester United are the visitors in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday. “More than anything, I’m obsessed,” he says, promptly darting back across the pitch.
For Way, whose playing career ended in a flash, in a car accident 10 years ago, the visit of José Mourinho’s side is particularly pertinent given his testimonial in 2010 was against a United XI. Told he would never play again, Way was a last-minute substitute. “I’ll never forget it, I was with my lawyer and Gordon Taylor, the head of the PFA, and we went to an event and got chatting to Sir Alex Ferguson,” Way says. “He promised to look after me and he never let me down. I feel very fortunate to have had perhaps the greatest ever manager supporting me when I was at my lowest. Without him, would I be where I am now? It would have been a lot more difficult, that’s for sure.”
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