Horsham close in on Maggs’ replacement

THE INTERVIEW process to find Horsham FC’s new manager begins tomorrow (Friday) with the new man expected to be named at the start of next week.

A management select committee tasked with finding John Maggs’ replacement met on Wednesday night and narrowed the list of applicants down to six candidates with the interview process due to start tomorrow (Friday).

Hornets Chief Executive John Lines confirmed close to 20 people had applied for the position left vacant by Maggs departure after 11 years in charge and said among those short listed were candidates with ‘Ryman Premier experience or above’.

“We’ve had a surprisingly large number of applicants for the job and we’ve been impressed with the high calibre of applicants who have come forward,” said Mr Lines, who is on the select committee.

“We have completed our short list so we are going to be talking to people but we won’t be announcing anything until after the weekend because of the Friday deadline for applicants. Of all the applicants we are now looking at six very closely.

“We will probably have an announcement just after the weekend but of course that is dependant on how the interview process goes. We have a number of people who on paper look ideally suited but until we speak to them and get their ideas for Horsham Football Club we can’t say for sure so there’s still some work to do.”

Maggs’s tenure at the Horsham helm came to an end earlier this month after failing to agree to significant cuts in the playing budget, and with the club still working to finalise plans for a permanent ground Mr Lines admits the new manager will have his work cut out.

He said: “The range (of applicants) is quite wide. A number of them have good coaching qualifications and others have experience in our league and above, it’s a very broad picture.

“We are looking for someone who understands the ethos of the club, the importance of the club to the community and what we are trying to achieve with our new ground and youth set up.”

One man who could be linked with the job, Ian Payne, has confirmed he is not in the running. Payne, (pictured) who played under Maggs at Crawley before moving to Horsham to become a player/coach said: “I can say no, I’m not going for the job.

“I don’t want to go into things too much but after what happened with John I didn’t feel it would be the right thing to do and I have left the club on good terms.”

Tim O’Shea, is one manager who is out of work after being sacked by Lewes, although the budget constraints could prove a stumbling block.

Horsham have confirmed John Maggs’s testimonial will see a Select XI take on Brighton & Hove Albion at Worthing’s Woodside Road on Wednesday July 13, kick off 7.45pm.

Crawley’s Broadfield Stadium was Maggs’s first choice of venue but with the pitch being relayed he opted for Worthing, according to Mr Lines who urged fans to show up in support.