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Highly-rated Southampton coach David Horseman is new Forest Green manager

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Forest Green have appointed David Horseman as as their new coach, replacing Duncan Ferguson.

Horseman joins FGR from Southampton, where he had been leading the Saints’ B team as Head Coach and will be assisted by Bristol City legend Louis Carey, who has also been part of the youth set-up at Southampton.  

Last season, the 39-year-old 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 – and won the Premier League 2 Division 2 title, beating Leeds United Under-21s to top spot on goal difference.

Previously, Horseman spent over 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. Interim Head Coach Hannah Dingley will lead the team in our pre-season friendlies against Coventry City and Everton Under-21s this week.

On joining FGR, Head Coach, 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.”

FGR Chairman, Dale Vince, 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. 

“On behalf of us all, thank you to everyone at Southampton and to all those involved with the process.”

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