The manager of Wealdstone FC, Stuart Maynard, has left the club to become the new Head Coach at Notts County FC.
Notts County have activated the release clauses in the contracts of both Stuart and his assistant, Matt Saunders, agreeing substantial compensation for their services. Additionally, the Wealdstone FC first team coach Craig Saunders will be leaving to join Stuart and Matt, forming the new management team at the League Two club.
Maynard, 43, a former player for the Stones, returned to the club in 2019 as assistant manager to Dean Brennan. The duo spectacularly led the club to automatic promotion to the National League as champions of the National League South in their first season. Stuart took the helm as first team manager in 2021, and with part time resources in a full time league has secured 16th and 13th place finishes in his two full seasons in charge.
The board of directors issued the following statement: “As sad as we are to lose Stuart, he leaves with nothing but our best wishes and gratitude. There is great affection for Stuart and his management team across the club. They have returned the Stones to the pinnacle of non-league football after 32 years and established the club within the division, playing a brand of football that has drawn praise from many across the National League and the EFL.
“Our achievements as a part time club under Stuart since his appointment have inevitably attracted interest from other clubs, and we recognise that the opportunity to lead a club challenging for promotion to League One is impossible to turn down.
“Whilst everyone will miss Stuart, Matt, and Craig, our search for their successors commences immediately. We are committed to finding replacements who will build on the solid foundations that have been set and continue with the brand of football that has become synonymous with the Stones.”
A club statement added, “In the interim, first team affairs for Saturday’s National League fixture away at Rochdale will be handled by Alex Dyer and Chairman Rory Fitzgerald. The board of directors have immediately commenced with the recruitment process, speaking to suitable candidates to ensure a smooth transition and continued success for the club. Further updates will be provided when it is appropriate.”