Paul Maitland will step down from his role as Vice-Chairman following the conclusion of Saturday’s fixture against Chesterfield.
In a statement, Paul Maitland has said:
“I have taken the decision to stand down from my role as Vice-Chairman of Weymouth Football Club. I came here 10 years ago looking to enhance my coaching career and have ended up going on an unbelievable experience of highs and lows.
It will take me too long to thank everyone individually who I have worked with, but I must thank each of the managers I’ve worked alongside: Brendon, Jason, Mark, Brian and although only for a short period, David.
My ambition when I arrived was to try and help rebuild and see this wonderful club thrive again, the journey has had so many twists and turns but a return to the National League has topped all of those struggles.
For those who question why now, the honest truth is I am exhausted, my children need to see more of me and some of the abuse aimed at me recently has become too much. I understand the frustration that is being felt, I feel it too! It is time for someone new to step in and give David and the team the support to take the club forward again.
Finally I wanted to thank you, the supporters, nothing has given me greater pleasure than to see the joy on your faces after the Farnborough game and in the town after Dartford.
I have shared laughs, tears and a few beers with you and leave with some great memories of you. Non-League football is nothing without you guys, keep supporting the boys and your club. Thank you and good luck!”
Chairman Ian White: “Over the four years that I have been the Chairman of this great club Paul has played a major part in all that we have achieved. In all he has had two major jobs over that time. Director of Football and for the last 18 months my Vice Chairman as well. During the first two and half years which included our two back to back promotions he was the link between Mark Molesley and the board and what a job he did with that.
He will be a very hard act to follow, he did so many things that were unseen. To be honest it feels like I am losing my left arm. We have become very good friends and that friendship will last for a lifetime. So Lord Maitland thank you so much for all you have done for our club and for me. Look after those lovely children of yours and remember you will always be welcome at the Bob Lucas Stadium.”
Everyone at Weymouth Football Club would like to thank Paul for his hard work and efforts at the club for the last ten years and wish him and his family all the best for the future.