TERRAS’ assistant manager Tom Donati has lifted the lid on how he first came to work with current Weymouth boss David Oldfield.

Back in the 2017/18 season, Oldfield was first appointed assistant boss at Peterborough under Grant McCann.

Ex-Manchester City midfielder Oldfield then stepped up as caretaker in 2018 when McCann was sacked.

However, it was during his time at Posh that Oldfield met Donati, who at the time was head of academy coaching.

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The two worked closely together in a bid to make a stronger connection between the senior and academy setups.

And four years later the duo have been reunited at Weymouth after Donati left his role as Bournemouth Under-15s boss.

Donati told Echosport: “I’m really fortunate in how he and Grant worked at the time.

“They were very closely linked with the academy and conscientious about the work that went on.

“It was a really good working environment and, let’s be honest, the success they’ve had since then should be attributed to the work that went on.

“He, in my opinion, in the very difficult working environment that football is, is one of the outstanding people that I’ve ever worked with in terms of his honesty, integrity and his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game.

“For me, that was a real standout. Once the opportunity arose I was delighted to work alongside him again.”

Donati has coaching experience with Chelsea, Watford and Peterborough United plus London Bees and Charlton in women’s football, plus a whole host of other clubs.

And despite taking only one win – a 2-1 victory at Dover – since joining the Terras in February, Donati is relishing the challenge at Weymouth after their relegation to the National League South.

“I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said. “There’s obviously been some challenges and it doesn’t help that some results have been on a knife edge.

“I feel you do get what you deserve, but there have been some moments where we’ve felt a little bit hard done by.

“We want to kick on and I’ve been extremely enthused from the first day. When I came in, the club were in a difficult position but I’m enthused about working with David and trying to take the club forward.”

Weymouth’s Vanarama National League South season will begin on Saturday, August 6.