Biddie backs King and Groves to continue at Terras

SHOWING SUPPORT: Nigel Biddlecombe

SHOWING SUPPORT: Nigel Biddlecombe

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BRENDON King and Matt Groves should be given the opportunity to take the Terras into next season, according to Nigel Biddlecombe.

The Weymouth chairman, who signed the ownership of the club over to a community trust earlier this month, believes retaining the management duo would offer the club much-needed stability but ultimately it will come down to a board decision.

King and Groves did initially agree five-year contracts under the Rolls regime back in February but those deals were later declared null and void by the latest incumbents on legal grounds due to the CVA.

Since the change in the boardroom, the Terras have claimed just nine points from their last 12 league games and although they beat Hitchin Town last Saturday to secure their Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division status, concerns surrounding the ability of the coaching staff remain. When asked to comment, Biddlecombe told Echosport yesterday: “I would like to see Brendon and Matt continue what they have started.

“This past season has been a hard learning curve for them and they have not had the best of circumstances in which to learn. Hopefully, if we can give them a settled platform to do the job properly they can then deliver the goods on a more consistent basis.

“When I was a youngster, I used to get told this nursery rhyme, which went something like ‘when she was good, she was very, very good but when she was bad, she was horrid’, and I think that sums up our season really.

“At times, we have been dynamite, particularly at home against St Albans City and AFC Totton in the league, and in some of the cup games, but on other occasions, against Arlesey Town, twice, and Frome Town just recently, we have been awful.

“There has been this inconsistency about it and it is something we need to put right, and I believe with a bit of scope to put their own squad together within a sensible budget, Brendon and Matt can do that.

“Everything at the moment is a slow building process and I think we owe it to the players, the management, the supporters, and even to ourselves to give the club some stability with a settled side that everyone can enjoy watching.

“This is just my personal view though. Since signing the club over to the community trust I am not in a position to make that decision on my own, it is a board decision and at the end of the day in football everybody has their own opinions.

“Some people are not entirely convinced by Brendon and Matt but I think the vast majority understand the hard work they have put in over the course of the season and believe they have earned the right to continue things on even if they have made mistakes, which I am sure they will learn from.”

There has been speculation that former player Ben Smith could be a potential replacement should King and Groves be given the boot but Biddlecombe has rubbished that link. He added: “As far as I am concerned that is just a complete rumour.”

Meanwhile, Ashley Wells has signed a one-year contract but keeper Tom Manley is set to retire in order to concentrate on his teaching career.

Biddlecombe went on to say: “Saturday’s game at Redditch United could be Tom’s last but I am still hopeful of signing him on non contract as cover.”

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10:48am Tue 24 Apr 12

keeman says...

Are you out of your mind Nigel? The last thing we want is another relegation dog fight next season.
Weymouth is the best supported team in their league, yet how is it that Brackley, whose average gate is less than half the terras , can score a magnificent 82 points (with one game to go).
It can’t all be down to money. Face it; the manager is just not good enough!
Are you out of your mind Nigel? The last thing we want is another relegation dog fight next season. Weymouth is the best supported team in their league, yet how is it that Brackley, whose average gate is less than half the terras , can score a magnificent 82 points (with one game to go). It can’t all be down to money. Face it; the manager is just not good enough! keeman
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11:02am Tue 24 Apr 12

terra firma says...

keeman wrote:
Are you out of your mind Nigel? The last thing we want is another relegation dog fight next season.
Weymouth is the best supported team in their league, yet how is it that Brackley, whose average gate is less than half the terras , can score a magnificent 82 points (with one game to go).
It can’t all be down to money. Face it; the manager is just not good enough!
In the interests of unity, surely it would be better to air any views / dirty washing you may have on the Forum or directly to Nigel B.
The new Board, and he in particular, have worked tirelessly since the takeover to bury any misinformation / issues arising by making regular statements on both the Official Website and Forum, and respond to any communications.

All you do by bickering here is fuel the sceptics in the community including the Isle of Slingers and help demoralise those trying to give you what you want and the town deserves, a team that will rise from the ashes and be a credit to us all once again.
[quote][p][bold]keeman[/bold] wrote: Are you out of your mind Nigel? The last thing we want is another relegation dog fight next season. Weymouth is the best supported team in their league, yet how is it that Brackley, whose average gate is less than half the terras , can score a magnificent 82 points (with one game to go). It can’t all be down to money. Face it; the manager is just not good enough![/p][/quote]In the interests of unity, surely it would be better to air any views / dirty washing you may have on the Forum or directly to Nigel B. The new Board, and he in particular, have worked tirelessly since the takeover to bury any misinformation / issues arising by making regular statements on both the Official Website and Forum, and respond to any communications. All you do by bickering here is fuel the sceptics in the community including the Isle of Slingers and help demoralise those trying to give you what you want and the town deserves, a team that will rise from the ashes and be a credit to us all once again. terra firma
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11:16am Tue 24 Apr 12

212 dorset says...

"I would like to see Brendon and Matt continue what they have started". I assume this statement by the cahirman is a joke??? Taking the team from mid table into a relegations scrap in the space of 10 games? Not the sign of a managment duo with much going for them is it?
"I would like to see Brendon and Matt continue what they have started". I assume this statement by the cahirman is a joke??? Taking the team from mid table into a relegations scrap in the space of 10 games? Not the sign of a managment duo with much going for them is it? 212 dorset
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11:45am Tue 24 Apr 12

Mr irate says...

The players have not been playing for there manager for 3 months now and thats not going to change next season.
The players have not been playing for there manager for 3 months now and thats not going to change next season. Mr irate
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1:09pm Tue 24 Apr 12

maximan says...

keeman wrote:
Are you out of your mind Nigel? The last thing we want is another relegation dog fight next season.
Weymouth is the best supported team in their league, yet how is it that Brackley, whose average gate is less than half the terras , can score a magnificent 82 points (with one game to go).
It can’t all be down to money. Face it; the manager is just not good enough!
But geographically Brackley has the upper hand when recruiting players. Not only does it have a 360 Deg capture area but is located close to Northampton, Milton Keynes and Oxford. Getting players there is easier than persuading them to head south of the ridgeway.
[quote][p][bold]keeman[/bold] wrote: Are you out of your mind Nigel? The last thing we want is another relegation dog fight next season. Weymouth is the best supported team in their league, yet how is it that Brackley, whose average gate is less than half the terras , can score a magnificent 82 points (with one game to go). It can’t all be down to money. Face it; the manager is just not good enough![/p][/quote]But geographically Brackley has the upper hand when recruiting players. Not only does it have a 360 Deg capture area but is located close to Northampton, Milton Keynes and Oxford. Getting players there is easier than persuading them to head south of the ridgeway. maximan
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2:08pm Tue 24 Apr 12

raymanta says...

The initial statement was aired in this forum, why should anyone have to go elsewhere to respond to it?
The initial statement was aired in this forum, why should anyone have to go elsewhere to respond to it? raymanta
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9:35pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Rabbitman64 says...

It would be completely mad to give King a new contract, he should be got rid off in the summer. Many clubs have fallen on hard times, for instance Southampton, Norwich, Manchester City, Sheffield United and Charlton have all dropped two leagues with their problems but nobody has been in danger of dropping three leagues! The gates in the league are good and if Brendon King wants gates of 800 then Weymouth will need to at least make the play-offs which seems extremely unlikely from the last two seasons!
It would be completely mad to give King a new contract, he should be got rid off in the summer. Many clubs have fallen on hard times, for instance Southampton, Norwich, Manchester City, Sheffield United and Charlton have all dropped two leagues with their problems but nobody has been in danger of dropping three leagues! The gates in the league are good and if Brendon King wants gates of 800 then Weymouth will need to at least make the play-offs which seems extremely unlikely from the last two seasons! Rabbitman64
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10:26pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Crabber says...

Man City fallen on hard times? Dropped 2 Division's can I have a pint of what you've been on please. King was a very poor Assistant @ Portland Utd and now he has motor~mouth Greeno coaching the team I can only think of bad times all around. If the coach is un the tech area next season all the reports will feature this headline 'Terra's Coach see's Red again ! ! ! '
Man City fallen on hard times? Dropped 2 Division's can I have a pint of what you've been on please. King was a very poor Assistant @ Portland Utd and now he has motor~mouth Greeno coaching the team I can only think of bad times all around. If the coach is un the tech area next season all the reports will feature this headline 'Terra's Coach see's Red again ! ! ! ' Crabber
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2:21pm Wed 25 Apr 12

currentplayer says...

keep chasing your rabbits in the dpl ! still going nowhere portland utd !
keep chasing your rabbits in the dpl ! still going nowhere portland utd ! currentplayer
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