Gary Charman has backed Horsham to beat to drop but warned the club it’s time to increase the budget.
Having tendered his resignation with a heavy heart on Friday, the former player-boss has said the side are more than capable to fight off relegation into the County League.
The Hornets stalwart has said it is crucial to the club to remain at Ryman League level especially with the possibility of their new ground in the near future and put some of the blame of this season on player unavailability.
The inexperienced boss took up the reins in his first managerial role after Simon Colbran’s shock resignation a year ago.
Charman has said he is now unlikely to play for the club again and believed it was time for a change to try and alter their fortunes.
In truth, it has been a dismal season so far with Horsham sitting rock bottom of the Ryman League South Division and the former player-manager has said part of that has come from troubles to attract players due to their position and budget constraints.
He has called on the club to boost the budget available to the next manager to help them stave off what currently looks like the inevitable.
Charman said: “We did ok last year and I kept them in the division, but this year it has just been one thing after another. I am not blaming anyone in particular and a lot lies down to myself, but I could not get the same team out more than two games in a row.
“For just two games out of 30 I could pick my strongest 11. I said that I felt I had some sort of jinx when I spoke to two of the directors on Friday.
“It was time for a change, a new manager and new ideas. I have absolutely no doubt that Horsham will stay in the league.
“It will be tough. I am not saying it will be a walk in the park, but with the players already there and with a few brought in next to them, they are more than capable of finishing out of the bottom three.
“It’s a massive shock to me that we were in the position we were, as, on paper, we have a better side than last year. The difference is when you look at all the top sides, they have been able to put out a regular side, we have not been able to do that.
“It was very hard to attract players to a team in the relegation zone and with the money I was offering.
“I hope Horsham Football Club realise and I think they do, because they are a great bunch and I have a lot of time for the directors, but it is time to spend a little bit more money to guarantee safety and kick on.
“With the new ground and other things going on it is important to stay in the Ryman League and start that new chapter there rather than the County League.”
Club chief executive John Lines admitted that the club were currently losing money due to this season’s budget and that any possible increase will come directly from the directors’ pockets.
He said: “The budget we gave to our manager at the start of the season derived from equalling the income from expenditure. At the beginning on the season we created a budget where we were not losing a fortune, but we were losing money.
“If there was to be an increase in the budget it would come out of the directors’ pockets if it was to happen, but we are yet to talk about that.”
Charman went on to add that, despite results and pressures, he has enjoyed his time in management so far and will be looking to get another job when his playing days are over in a couple of years.
He added: “A player-manager role is hard, no doubt about it. If I do and when I do go for a managerial job again it will be when I have finished playing.
“I still think I have this year and one more year in me and when my football career is over I will look to get back into it. I have enjoyed it and I have the right attitude to be a manager.”