Dominic Di Paola has revealed taking charge at Horsham was too big of an opportunity to turn down despite being in advance talks with another club.
The 34-year-old has confirmed a call from the Hornets directors on Easter Monday swung him in their favour of taking the manager’s job.
The former East Preston boss will also bring with him his trusty management team Ian Browne, Jan Miller and Adam Westwood.
He said: “We were desperate to get back into it and funnily enough we were talking with another club last week and we were quite close to agreeing something.
“The call came quite out of the blue on Monday and it was impossible to turn down such a big club.
“We spoke with them back in January after the previous manager left and I believe we were final options, but they didn’t go with us.
It’s a really big club that has had a tough time in the last few years. It has potential as a club and everywhere we have been, we have always been held back by that.Dominic Di Paola
“From my point of view it is in the perfect location as I live about 20 minutes away and most of my contact ring of players live within 20 to 25 minutes of the ground.
“It’s a really big club that has had a tough time in the last few years. It has potential as a club and everywhere we have been, we have always been held back by that.”
Full interview with the new bosses’ thoughts on this season, next season, players and the future in tomorrow’s West Sussex County Times.