PAUL Maitland and Tom Prodomo have stressed that there will be no significant change as they embrace their new titles at Weymouth, after it was announced the former was becoming director of football, while Prodomo steps into Maitland’s old shoes as assistant-manager.
The move, effective immediately, was announced at the fans’ forum on Monday to applause from the Weymouth fans after they had seen their side beat Gosport Borough 5-0.
Prodomo said: “In reality they are just titles and think the important thing is that we are keeping the staff together.
“It is something that we have pushed for internally and a model that really works for us and I think it probably accentuates all of the strengths that we have got within the staff from that point of view it is business as usual.”
Maitland admitted: “It is a role that I have pretty much been fulfilling for most of the season so it is really just been a case of the board rubber-stamping that and making sure we were happy with how it was going to pan out.
“It will not mean that I do anything very different to what I am doing now as Mark said at the forum, it will be to bridge the gap between the board and the management because in a football club of this size there is a lot going on all of the time.
Both spoke about looking ahead to the future at Weymouth, which they will be at for another year as part of the contract extension that the management staff signed which was announced prior to their role changes at the forum.
Maitland said: “I look forward it is going to be a case of having to work even harder which I am more than happy to do so. I have really enjoyed working with Mark and Tom and the other staff as well as the players. We believe that this will be another step for us to move forward.”
Prodomo explained: “From a personal point of view, I said at the start of the season when I joined the club it is an absolute privilege to be involved with Weymouth football club and everything that brings with it and our fantastic fans and the great group of players that we have got.”
Maitland elaborated on his role as he said: “It will work with our set up. It is probably not quite the way the directors of football run at other clubs because I will still have a large involvement on the day to day running of the side with Mark (Molesley) and Tom but I will obviously have other responsibilities within the club as well.”
It has been a strong month for the Terras as they have earned five wins, scoring 16 times while conceding just once and Monday’s 5-0 win over Gosport was a very straight forward affair as Weymouth cantered to a thrashing.
Weymouth sit in a very strong position in the league, with just one point needed to mathematically guarantee a play-off spot which could come tonight should Tiverton Town and Royston Town fail to win their matches against Biggleswade Town and Redditch United respectively.
The 1-0 victory last week over play-off rivals Slough Town saw over 800 turn up in midweek to see Weymouth earn a 1-0 win.
Prodomo said: “I think the season so far has certainly ignited a spark back in the football club as you have seen over the past week we have had two games here, over 800 on a Tuesday night against Slough when England are playing and then we have backed that up with over 1,000 against Gosport.
“There are good signs of life in the club and there are good signs of positive things to happen but we cannot get carried away with that and we need to make sure that we keep preparing for games in the same way and keep looking after the little details.”