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Thursday 24th December 2009
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Gorka Etxeberria
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Dorset Echoby Ky Capel


Gorka Etxeberria is looking forward to his first taste of the Ridgeway derby despite not being able to play a major role.

Ongoing legal issues between Dorchester Town and former chairman Eddie Mitchell have delayed the appointment of a new permanent boss but Etxeberria, one of the frontrunners for the vacant post, is happy to wait for his chance.

In the meantime the Basque-born coach has been named football consultant and first-team coach at the county town outfit, and on Boxing Day he will be cheering the Magpies on to victory.

Looking ahead to the Jewson Stadium clash, he said: “English derbies are bigger than a lot of Spanish derbies. In the Basque country we have Athletic Bilbao against Real Sociedad but I know here the rivalry is strong. I can’t prepare for the game how I would because Ashley Vickers is the boss and we must prepare his way.

“I am only helping him but I think that in this type of game the tactics are even more important than usual. If you just play with heart the outcome is like flipping a coin because you won’t be in control of the game.

“Dorchester need to play strongly, and with passion, but they need to try and control the game.

“Ashley will choose the team and make the decisions so I will be in the stands, like a supporter – a Magpie.”

Etxeberria, 37, is enjoying working alongside caretaker-boss Vickers, and should he become the Magpies’ next manager, the former Real Zaragoza assistant would want Vickers by his side.

He added: “I like Ashley and have a good feeling about him. I could not be Dorchester’s manager without Ashley. He’s a very important person at the club and if in the future I am the manager I will need him near me.

“We understand each other and we can work together, whether he’s the manager or I am.”

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