Horsham FC confirm Colbran as manager

Horsham manager Simon Colbran
Horsham manager Simon Colbran

SIMON Colbran has been confirmed as the new Horsham FC manager following the sacking of Hugo Langton yesterday.

On a day of dramatic developments at the club, news filtered through of Langton’s shock dismissal by the early evening and later the club posted a statement on its official website confirming Colbran’s appointment.

“Horsham Football Club today announced that they have appointed Simon Colbran as First Team Manager, replacing Hugo Langton,” it read.

“Simon Colbran joins Horsham FC from Redhill. Before that he enjoyed a successful period as manager with Worthing FC. His brief is to oversee the run in of the 2011/12 season and prepare the club to compete in the Ryman South Division next season.”

Colbran quit his post at County League Redhill earlier that day, leaving the club furious with both the manager and Horsham FC. In a statement published on Redhill’s website under the headline ‘Colbran leaves Redhill in act of disloyalty’, the club said: “The move came as a complete surprise as Redhill FC had not been contacted by anyone at the Ryman Premier League club.

“The Redhill board are disgusted at the lack of loyalty and the way in which this has been handled.”

Colbran becomes Horsham FC’s third manager of the season, with Justin Luchford lasting just 17 competitive matches before quitting to be replaced by his assistant Langton at the end of October.

Despite Langton’s miserable record, which saw him fail to record a single Ryman Premier League victory in 21 attempts, his sacking has still been greeted with shock and largely anger from Horsham fans on Twitter and on the forum. In particular the timing of the dismissal seems strange to many, given the club is already cut adrift at the foot of the league and resigned to relegation to Ryman South next season.

Commenting on the reasons for Langton’s dismissal, Horsham chairman Kevin Borrett thanked him for his hard work but said: “However the club has failed to record a Ryman league win in nineteen outings during his period in charge and, by his own admission last weekend, now finds itself at a crossroads.

“As the club prepares for next season, when it is expected to be competing at Ryman South level, the decision to appoint someone more local and with proven experience and a track record was compelling.”

Colbran will take charge of his first Horsham match this Saturday when fellow strugglers Tooting & Mitcham are the visitors to Gorings Mead. The main question now being asked is how many of the current squad will remain as Horsham players and whether Colbran will bring any new faces in before the weekend.

With regards to the new appointment, Mr Borrett added: “I’m pleased that Simon Colbran has agreed to join HFC at what is an exciting time for the club, but also one where the first team has struggled this season.

“Simon has an excellent local track record both as a player and football manager for teams across Sussex and Surrey.

“Simon’s brief is to make the changes that he believes are necessary to allow the club to compete strongly in Ryman South next season. By making this change now, he has the opportunity to use the last eight weeks of the season to start to reshape the squad in a competitive environment to do that.”

What do you think of the news? Should Hugo Langton have been sacked? And is Simon Colbran the man to take Horsham FC forward.

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