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Thursday 7th January 2010
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Gorka: I'll be back

Dorset Echoby Ky Capel


Gorka Etxeberria remains intent on becoming Dorchester’s new permanent boss despite having to return to the Basque Country today.

The 37-year-old, who appears to be the frontrunner to succeed Roy O’Brien at the Magpies’ helm, has been made to wait in his pursuit of the vacant role due to ongoing legal issues between the club and former majority shareholder Eddie Mitchell.

The San Sebastián native insisted he was prepared to wait for his chance, and a fortnight ago he was handed a coaching role at the Jewson Stadium, working alongside caretaker-boss Ashley Vickers.

But Etxeberria – a former assistant-manager at Spanish giants Real Zaragoza – will fly home this afternoon before travelling back to Dorset once more in a month’s time.

He said: “I am going to return to San Sebastián for a few weeks but I will continue to work as a consultant for the club and maybe come back in a month’s time.

“The three weeks I have spent in Dorchester have been very good. I have trained the first team, the under-18s, the under-16s and the under-12s, so I’m prepared and I know what the club needs in the future.

“I have finished my first step at the club, which is to know the players and understand what the club is about and what goes on. The plan was maybe to start the next step but now it’s impossible.

“The chairman Shaun Hearn and I agree that there are two problems that need resolving before I start doing more.

“The first is the legal issues with the former chairman, and all that must end to start something new. The second problem now is where the club lies in the league.

“Had we won more games over the Christmas period we would be nearer the middle of the table. But now the team is looking down and is very close to the relegation zone.

“So at the moment it is not right to speak about the future and try something new because the most important things are resolving the legal issues and moving further up the table.

“Maybe in one month, two months, or longer, things will change and we can start taking more steps forward but now is not a good time.

“We decided that I will continue working for the club as a consultant. I am going to look at potential players, prepare plans for next season as well as prepare some coaching sessions for young players in Dorchester over Easter.

“I will be in contact with Shaun and Ashley everyday, be it by telephone or email, and I will come back in a month’s time.”

Asked if he was still keen to take over the reins at the county town outfit, in spite of the ever-increasing delay, Etxeberria added: “I believe in Dorchester, it’s a good place, I like the players and my feelings are the same as they were three weeks ago.

“I want to build something here and I would like to be the manager as soon as possible, but only when it’s possible.

“I know what I would like to do here and I have my plans and ideas to make the team better, but I can’t do it now.

“Shaun says he would like me to be the manager in the future but we all agree that now is not a good moment.

“We don’t know what the future holds and we don’t know what will happen next month or in June, but our intentions are to work together.”

Etxeberria carried out the role of a supporter during the Magpies’ festive fixtures with rivals Weymouth and Blue Square South leaders Newport County.

Dorchester picked up just one point out of a possible nine – the Boxing Day stalemate with the Terras – and failed to score a single goal.

Etxeberria said: “We didn’t play well enough over Christmas and I know the team can play better. We need to improve and it’s up to us to make that improvement.”

Hearn was unavailable for comment.

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