Gary Charman’s reign as manager of his home town club came to an end last Friday when he handed in his resignation to the Hornets Board of Directors.
The team sit rock bottom of the Ryman League Division 1 South table and given their current form look favourites to drop out of the division.
Charman took over the role on November 20 2013 following the resignation of Simon Colbran due to his work commitments. Despite keeping the Hornets in the division last season he has struggled to get any sort of consistency from his team this season, suffering a number of heavy defeats. Assistant manager Mark Hawthorne and Coach Ian Varley have also left the club.
Anthony Storey has agreed to take over as caretaker manager until a permanent successor can be found. Whoever takes over the manager role has a massive task on their hands and will need to negotiate some cut price deals very quickly to get a number of players in of a standard and mental attitude that will turn the tide and lift the club to safety. However The District Post understands that Storey has been working extremely hard behind the scenes and that the club hopes to bring in a number of players this week.
Earlier in the day the club announced that they had taken the decision to cancel the registration of one of Charman’s most recent signings, defender Ryan Woodford who arrived back at the club at the same time as Storey, following his awful disciplinary record that has seen him sent off in his last three matches. This along with the decision of talented midfielder Byron Napper to leave the club to play in Australia and of course the loss of Charman as a player has left the club seriously short of any quality players.
This season has seen the defence leak goals through numerous errors and lack of concentration while the lacklustre forward line lacks any serious firepower.
No one can doubt Gary Charman’s passion and commitment to the Hornets cause, perhaps his appointment as manager was a little early. Without question if the Hornets squad contained twelve players with similar drive, enthusiasm and ability as Gary’s then the club’s battle would be at the top of the table, not at the bottom. Unfortunately that was not the case and a number of players have let him and the club down badly.
CEO John Lines told The District Post “We need players who are prepared to fight for the cause and take pride in the shirt and I am working with Anthony Storey to bring in some players he has recommended. The attitude changes as of now and we have half a season to get ourselves out of this and I am confident that we can”.
Last Saturday’s match at high flying Merstham was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, denying caretaker Anthony Storey his Horsham managerial debut.
The Merstham match will now be played on Tuesday February 10 and in addition the home match with Tooting & Mitcham United has been rearranged for Tuesday February 3.