Horsham boss talks promotion goals and new ground woes

Horsham FC manager Dominic Di Paola. 19.09.2015. Pic Steve Robards SR1522351 SUS-150921-091646001
Horsham FC manager Dominic Di Paola. 19.09.2015. Pic Steve Robards SR1522351 SUS-150921-091646001

Horsham boss Dominic Di Paola has spoken out on their ambition of a Ryman League return and their search for a new home for the first time.

Despite the Hornets being hotly-tipped for the Sourthen Combination League title this season and a promotion push, the management has remained ground.

At the start of the season Di Paola said that he wanted to be ‘competing’ with the top teams.

They sit third in the Premier Division after eight league games and Di Paola has admitted stepping back up is the aim and also believes the ‘sky is the limit’ with the club if the ground situation is sorted.

He said: “Getting back up into the Ryman League is our aim - it’s not going to be easy but we always go into everything trying to win it.

“Only one goes up so the margin for error is very small. There are some good sides up there, so we have just got to keep plugging away and see what happens.

“The fans have been brilliant ever since we walked through the door, even last season when we lost the last three games when we first walked in.

“They are very loyal, not unreasonable, very fair. They just want to see players work hard and care. We are very lucky. No-one’s got the sort of support we have in this league.”

With a lack of news on the ground front, Horsham fans have been left wondering what the future holds after Hop Oast was turned down at the start of the year an no appeal was forthcoming from the club.

Di Paola, having not previously spoken to the situation, is now the latest to call on Horsham District Council to find the town’s club a ground.

He said: “There are lots of positives about the club, the committee is great. The only thing we are missing is a ground.

“If we can get the ground I think we’ll be laughing as a club. If we can get that sorted there’s not much to hold it back really.

“Whoever’s here as manager here the potential is massive. We would see additional supporters come through the gates. Probably back up to 400 which would put us in a good position to progress.”

“I hope it happens, this club deserves a bit of luck and success. We’ll just try and put football teams out on the pitch!

“We just want the council to realise what an asset the club is and get behind it.”

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