Donnelly installed as new Horsham YMCA boss

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EXPERIENCED Sussex manager Sammy Donnelly has been named the new boss of Horsham YMCA.

Donnelly, who has managed at Worthing and Three Bridges, and is the current Sussex representative team coach, replaces John Cumberbatch, who was released following YM’s relegation from the Ryman League.

The veteran, who has thirty-five years of management experience under his belt, has won every honour in Sussex football, and joins YM from an advisory position at former Ryman League opponents Whitehawk.

The news was broken at a YM committee meeting last night (Monday), where chairman Mick Browning, and the rest of the backroom staff were on hand to greet the new boss in his first full engagement with the club.

Donnelly took the job despite continued uncertainty of what division YM will be in next season.

He said: “I am honoured to be the manager of Horsham YMCA. They have always been a very well run club and as soon as the job became vacant I decided to apply. I was hoping to be successful and start enjoying my football again.

“I took the job on no matter what league we end up in. I have had a lot of experience obviously being at Worthing, Lewes and Eastbourne United, so that doesn’t faze me. And if it’s got to be the County League or whatever other league we get relegated to, then our business is to try and get back to the Ryman League.”