Weymouth appoint a new manager ahead of the 2020/21 National League after losing their much loved boss Mark Molesley to the EFL.
The latter manager, now their former, left the league newcomers for League Two side Southend United last month – after guiding the Terras to two successive promotions.
Dorset Echo state that Stock managed to beat off competition from former Salisbury boss Mikey Harris and interim manager Bradley Asagba to succeed Molesley at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
— Weymouth FC (@theterras) September 4, 2020
Weymouth Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Stock as the Terras new First Team Manager.
Stock joins Weymouth from the AFC Bournemouth backroom staff, where he was appointed as an Academy Coach after a successful professional football career. The 38-year-old had previously run his own private youth academy with great success and also earned his UEFA B coaching badge.
Starting his career at AFC Bournemouth, the former midfielder made 172 appearances for the Cherries between 2000 and 2006 before moves to Preston North End and Doncaster Rovers.
At Doncaster he made 216 appearances and captained Donny to their Play-Off Final victory over Leeds United in 2008; Stock also won three caps for the Welsh National Team during his time at Doncaster.
Stock then teamed up with former Bournemouth teammate Eddie Howe at Burnley before retiring from professional football in January 2019 whilst he was with Havant & Waterlooville.
The club will be hosting a press conference shortly to introduce Brian Stock to the local press.
His first match in the dugout will be this weekend’s pre-season fixture against Havant & Waterlooville.
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This week saw the club’s chairman Ian White dismiss rumours of a takeover.
In a sensational interview with uptheterras.co.uk, White also revealed he had this week almost left the club amid the behind-the-scenes saga.
BBC Solent Sport reported earlier today that former Bournemouth owner Adam Murry had shown interest in taking a minority share in the Terras.
White has now shed light on the situation, adding that all talks with Murry have ceased without a deal.
“Nobody will take this club over,” White declared.
“There was talk of investment, but not of taking the club over.
“There are people who seem to be enjoying themselves at the moment at making out that there are things going to happen at the club that are not going to happen.
“The club is not being manipulated. Ian White is the chairman. Ian White cares about this club. Ian White has been there 23 years and Ian White loves it immensely and loves all the people he works with.
“But Ian White nearly walked out of this club last week because somebody tried to be tried to be really clever.
“Ian White nearly walked out of this club and would never have stepped back in it again.
“The club will not be taken over by anybody. I will not allow it, the rest of my board will not allow it. They do not want it. The club is happy with what we are doing.
“I hope all the fans and shareholders are happy with what we are doing.
“In the last seven days I’ve felt like somebody was trying to stab me in the back. I got so close to calling this a day – and I don’t want to because I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong.
“Last week is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me in 23 years.
“I am more determined than ever to show those people they’re wrong.”
Asked to elaborate on his explosive claims, White said: “All I’ll say is that Mark Molesley introduced Adam Murry to the club.
“Murry was going to help us with the infrastructure of the club. The only investment Adam Murry was going to bring in was his own wages – for a season he was going to fund his own wages.
“There was nothing else involved, yet some people decided there was.
“We are doing exactly what we think is right for the club.
“I will not be removed because somebody thinks we’re taking the wrong decisions when we clearly aren’t.
“Adam Murry is no longer involved. There was no takeover bid for Weymouth and there never would’ve been.
“We were looking at help to improve our facilities, help with the infrastructure of bringing us in commercial gain from people we couldn’t reach.
“That’s all this was. Sadly, some people decided this wasn’t what it was and tried to influence things from outside which has destroyed the deal.
“What I hated the most was the distrust. Was I suddenly going to change into some ogre that didn’t know what he was doing?
“I can’t explain how close we were to me stepping down, and I don’t mean stepping down and coming to games. I would’ve gone forever.”
White also confirmed financial director Simon Etherington left the club in June and will be replaced in due course.
Fans reacted on social media once the announcement that Weymouth appoint a new manager after losing Mark Molesley was out…
Great move for Weymouth had a great career worked magic in a donny shirt all the best will follow your results
— gav (@Gavfrost) September 4, 2020
Welcome to the terras family Brian, you are guaranteed our support UTT ?
— Jon Fry (@JonFry76) September 4, 2020
Welcome Brian, all the best for the forthcoming season. UP THE TERRAS ⚽️??
— Ashley Stimpson-Evans (@AStimpsonEvans) September 4, 2020
Welcome Mr Stock. Up the mighty terras
— CJ Hamez (@Hamez84Cj) September 4, 2020
Welcome to our club Brian. What a time to be joining us.?
— Andy Purchase (@1AndyPurchase) September 4, 2020
Good luck Stocky ?
— Tony Mays (@AFCBTony) September 4, 2020
Welcome to the #terrasfamily Brian, the very best of luck
— DazMileham ?️ (@dazmileham) September 4, 2020
Kevin Mutch: Welcome Brian – enjoy the ride! Good luck!
David Miller: Loving still having a Bournemouth link!
Andy Lambert: Welcome to the Terras, can’t wait for the 1st game