BRIAN Stock has signed as the new Weymouth manager on a two-year deal.

Stock beat off competition from former Salisbury boss Mikey Harris and interim manager Bradley Asagba to succeed Mark Molesley at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Former Totton boss and Cherries coach Louis Langdown is set to join Stock's backroom team, with another addition possible.

Weymouth are yet to reveal the futures of coaches Bradley Asagba and Nick Bennett.

Stock, 38, is a former Wales, Cherries, Burnley and Doncaster Rovers midfielder and ended his playing career at Havant.

Commenting on his arrival at the Terras, Stock admitted he had "no hesitation" in applying for the job.

He said: "I'm delighted. First and foremost Mark has done a fantastic job and when the job became available I had no hesitation in putting my CV in.

"Given the opportunity of what this football club can bring to me as a manager and what Mark has left behind, the club is in a fantastic position.

"Leading up to the interviews, I became so much involved in research and looking at players that I ended up feeling like I was the manager. 

"When I got the news, I was delighted - I'm really happy to be here."

Weymouth are believed to have been keen to keep their links to Championship side Cherries, with Stock fitting the bill.

However, the appointment was not straightforward with Stock and Harris closely-matched this week.

Chairman Ian White had indicated the decision could ultimately rest with him as the Terras' recruitment panel was torn. 

The Dorset Echo understands the decision was eventually settled by a board vote.