'They’ve been impeccable': Hopes new double act can galvanise Terras

Weymouth assistant Mike Percival, left, acting CEO Paul Maitland, and manager Bobby Wilkinson, right Picture: MARK PROBIN
Weymouth assistant Mike Percival, left, acting CEO Paul Maitland, and manager Bobby Wilkinson, right Picture: MARK PROBIN

ACTING Weymouth CEO Paul Maitland is confident the double act of Bobby Wilkinson and Mike Percival can galvanise the Terras.

New manager Wilkinson and his long-term assistant Percival were employed by the Terras following the departures of David Oldfield and Tom Donati.

Weymouth won just two games in 31 matches under the previous management and Maitland has already seen enough from his new staff to suggest the Terras are in safe hands.

He told Echosport: “They’re a pair. A manager is only as strong as his assistant.

“We’ve seen that with good pairs that’ve been here. Garry Hill and Kevin Hales, Mark Molesley and Tom Prodomo – good double acts.

“You can see that these guys are similar. They’re used to winning games and situations similar to ours where they go to clubs that are in a difficult position and build off that base.

“The thing that’s really struck me is how enthusiastic and excited they are to be here and to work for our football club. That’s so important.

“The fans will see that quickly and hopefully buy into their ethos – and it’s not a façade.

“Sometimes, managers and players are very good at playing that card of making everybody feel together.

“But with these two it’s very genuine. It’s been a quick deal, they’ve been impeccable.

“We’ve been respectful of them and they’ve been respectful of us. We’re off on a good foot and it’s important we build together and go forward.”

Maitland ended by stressing how important it was for the club to now move forward.

“I’m excited about what they can achieve here longer term,” he said.

“Short-term it’s stability and not just about maintaining our status in this league. It’s about how we start to go the other way after a poor period the last year or so.

“We’ve licked our wounds and now we need to come out of that. We now have with Bobby somebody who will take us on that journey again.

“He’ll be as desperate as any board member or volunteer to want to go on that journey as well.

“I really hope it will bring everyone together again, which is paramount to future success at the club.”