THE board of directors at Weymouth FC have not set Jason Matthews any targets between now and the end of the season, other than to win as many games as possible.
The club’s hierarchy took the decision to hand the experienced keeper the manager’s job on a permanent basis at a board meeting on Saturday morning.
Matthews was given caretaker charge just last month following the departure of Brendon King and since then the Terras have picked up seven points from four games, with the only defeat coming against Poole Town on Boxing Day.
The 38-year-old is the 13th man to hold the job permanently in the last 10 years.
Club chairman Nigel Biddle-combe told Echosport: “It’s official that Jason Matthews has been announced as the new manager of Weymouth FC with no caveats at this time.
“Jason wants the chance and is very excited about it, as are the board of directors.
“He is going to meet with the board and the Weymouth FC Supporters Association committee next Saturday morning before the home game with Corby Town.
“He will then be present to speak to the supporters at a fans’ forum at 6.30pm the same day.
“The board has been very happy with the job Jason has done over the last few weeks.
“Brendon King (pictured right) is a very good friend of mine but unfortunately things went stale and a decision was taken.
“Since then Jason has stepped in and done well, and we are all now looking forward to the next chapter.”
He went on to add: “No targets have been set between now and the end of the season.
“Jason will no doubt have his own thoughts on what can be achieved but obviously the main thing we all want is to win games.
“Jason has his own ideas on how to achieve that and, as a board, we will be supporting him as much as we can.”
The board has also given Matthews permission to draft in his own assistant-manager.
Biddlecombe said: “Once again, Jason has own ideas on that but as yet nothing is set in stone.
“Jason and the board will look at that and an announcement will be made when the time is right.