Charman: It will hurt too much just to be a player

Gary Charman says he has made his final appearance in Horsham shirt.     Picture by John Lines

Gary Charman says he has made his final appearance in Horsham shirt. Picture by John Lines

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Club legend Gary Charman’s Horsham career is over as he can’t see himself pulling on the shirt again, insisting it will hurt too much to simply be a player.

The Hornets stalwart resigned as player-manager last Friday after a torrid season in charge of the club he says he loves.

The 34-year-old has had a illustrious and hugely-successful time at Horsham spanning almost 17 years, with a staggering 589 appearances to his name and 163 goals.

He was one of the club’s youngest-ever managers and has come through the youth ranks after being born and raised in the town.

Charman took charge of the club after Simon Colbran’s resignation just over a year ago, but the appointment everyone wanted hasn’t worked out.

With the Hornets sitting bottom of the Ryman League South Division, the versatile player-boss admitted his decision to step down was not one he took lightly.

But it now appears Charman’s resignation will also spell the end of his Horsham career. He said: “I cannot see myself coming back and playing for Horsham. I think it will just hurt far too much walking in the changing room and being just a player.

“It hurts even more so having so many great memories and being 20 or 30 appearances off the all-time record – It was a hell of a decision.

“I have had 17 great years of highs and slight lows, but it will be hard to walk into the dressing room as a player.

“I think it’s time for Gary Charman, first things first, to get fit, as my hamstring will be about a month, so in three or four weeks go and enjoy my football for a season and a bit while I am good enough to still play.

“I still believe I can play in the Conference South or Ryman Premier as I cannot see myself taking on Horsham at any other side either, that would be hard as well.

“I’ll put myself back on the market and start the next chapter in Gary Charman’s footballing career.”

Full story and plenty more reaction in today’s West Sussex County Times.