Dave Carter hit back at suggestions from rival managers that Horndean pay players to perform.
Talk the club are flush with cash has been laughed off by the boss at Five Heads Park.
Carter said: ‘The situation of hearing what other managers say about our club being flush with money is absolute rubbish.
‘I honestly believe it’s because we have players here that they wish were with them.
‘It’s the efforts of people behind the scenes here that keep the club going off the pitch.
‘We can compete with the best there is at this level – even though the lads who turn up to play can’t expect much more than their travelling expenses.
‘There isn’t enough quality players to go around and that’s probably why we hear so much moaning and groaning coming from managers who have, for one reason or another, come to the conclusion we are a paying club.
‘They can believe what they like.
‘Whatever I say won’t change things so it’s best to ignore what is said and get on with managing a squad of players who enjoy playing here.’
Carter has plenty to focus on, with the club involved in some upcoming cup contests, as well as the race for Wessex League premier division survival.
He added: ‘Results in the league haven’t been that clever lately but performances give me hope that things will change for the better.
‘There is a long way to go before the end of the season and we are still in the FA Vase, Portsmouth Senior Cup, Russell Cotes Cup and Hampshire Senior Cup so there is plenty left to play for.
‘Although every cup competition is important, so is our league position.
‘We are down in 15th place and need to stem the flow of goals conceded – it sounds simple but defensively the lads need to give far more.
‘They know what’s expected in terms of effort to put things right.
‘And because I’m confident the players here will remain and do their best for the club, then we can go on and enjoy the remainder of the season.’