Gorka is made first-team coach
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
“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.”