Horseman takes the reins at Forest Green
By Simon Hacker | 18th July 2023
Forest Green Rovers record-setting choice of a female manager to lead the team has concluded with the appointment of a man in the job.
David Horseman, 39, has replaced Hannah Dingley, ending a temporary appointment which garnered global media attention, with Ms Dingley being the first female gaffer in English football.
Mr Horseman joins the Nailsworth club from Southampton FC, where he led the Saints' B team as Head Coach. He will be assisted by Bristol City's Louis Carey, who has also been involved in the youth team at Southampton.
During the past season, Mr Horseman assisted interim former Southampton first-team boss Ruben Selles in the Premier League, acting as a First-Team Coach.
Despite his first-team duties, he also continued to lead the B team last term, winning a Premier League title and beating Leeds United Under-21s to the top spot on goal difference.
Previously, he spent more than 10 years at Bristol City in a number of different roles across two spells, as well as nearly three years at Watford as Lead Professional Development Phase Coach.
Horseman and Carey will officially begin their roles on Thursday, while Ms Dingley, as interim Head Coach will lead the team in tonight' pre-season friendly against Coventry City as well as the fixture, again at home, against Everton Under-21s on Wednesday evening.
David Horseman, said: "I'm extremely excited and grateful that Dale, Asif and Allan have given me the opportunity to lead a team which has such strong values both on and off the pitch.
"Louis and I have been lucky to be involved for a long time in professional football and study from some elite coaches which we will bring some ideas with us. The supporters can look forward to seeing a team with energy and aggression and one that they can be proud."
Dale Vince, FGR Chairman, said: "We're delighted to have David join as our Head Coach, he brings a wealth of experience and a modern approach to the game which matches our own - and he very much stood out from over 100 applicants for the role.
"I'm grateful to Hannah for holding the fort for the club while we went through the complete recruitment process and although she did not get the top job this time, it's undoubtedly been a valuable experience and a big step on her career path.
"We're also pleased to welcome Louis to the team as David's assistant."
Director of Football, Allan Steele, said: "I'm excited to welcome David and Louis to the club. David impressed us with his passion, character and eye for detail."
He thanked Southampton for the club's help in the process.
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