WHILE Bobby Gould is looking forward to a reunion with Wrexham boss Dean Saunders, the former Wales manager might have far more pressing matters on his mind when his Weymouth side visit the Racecourse on Sunday.
The Terras need to beat York at home tonight to ensure they make the trip to North Wales with a chance of avoiding relegation from the Blue Square Premier.
Gould only took over as Weymouth boss two weeks ago and his first game in charge saw the team end an 11-match losing run with a draw against Forest Green. Two subsequent defeats, however, have left the Dorset club struggling badly in the drop zone.
Saunders played several times under Gould when the former Wimbledon, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City boss managed Wales between 1995 and 2000.
“He was the life and soul of the dressing room wherever we went,” said Gould of the current Wrexham chief.
“I loved the way he used to mimic me, no-one else could do it like him.”
Asked whether he felt in his playing days Saunders showed the potential to become a successful manager Gould replied: “It’s impossible to tell; you can go on all the coaching courses, get all the badges, but until you’ve sat in that hot seat no-one knows.
“Dean got off to a start at Wrexham that was so immaculate, but they’ve fallen away (from the play-off places) in recent weeks.
“He’ll go away in the summer and analyse things. It’s his first port of call and a lot of things will be new, but he’ll take note of things for future reference and learn from them.
“Dean’s involvement with the international side will help him too; how can he not learn from someone like John Toshack. He’ll take away a piece from everyone he’s worked with but will be his own man too.”
Gould was also asked whether he believes Wrexham will be a force in the Blue Square Premier next season.
“Right now I couldn’t give a monkeys to be honest, I’m totally focusing on Friday’s game. But I’m very fond of Wales and I want Wrexham to be successful. I want Dean Saunders to be successful. I want Flynny (Brian Flynn) to be successful.
“But firstly I want us to go to Wrexham on Sunday with a chance of staying up and then I’ll desperately want to beat them.”