Horsham legend Gary Charman has resigned as manager of the struggling club.
The Hornets, which are sitting at the bottom of Ryman League South Division One, made the announcement late on Friday night.
Charman was one of the club’s youngest ever managers and has come through the youth ranks after being born and raised in the town.
He took charge of the club as player-manager after Simon Colbran’s resignation just over a year ago.
With a staggering 589 appearances to his name and 163 goals, chairman Kevin Borett has said he hopes the versatile Charman will one day return to the club’s helm.
A statement on the club’s website read: “The Board of Directors regret to announce that they have reluctantly accepted Gary Charman’s resignation as first team manager. Ian Varley and Mark Hawthorne will also stand down from their positions as coaches and assistants.”
The announcement continued with a statement fromBorrett which read: “Gary has been an integral part of this club from his earliest footballing days.
“Gary took over over the club at a very difficult time and has had limited budget and resources to work with, though he still successfully consolidated our position at the end of last season after taking charge.
“Unfortunately things have not worked out as well this season and whilst I have no doubt that Gary will be an effective and successful manager in the future, combining those responsibilities with still playing is a difficult balancing act. Gary remains an outstanding player and true gentleman, and I would not rule out his returning to a managerial role in the club at a future date. We are incredibly grateful for everything Gary has done, and he will always be respected and welcome at Horsham FC.”
The club has also announced that Anthony Storey has agreed to take temporary charge whilst a permanent successor to Charman is sought.