Moneyfields have wasted little time in replacing Miles Rutherford as manager following the appointment of Horndean boss Dave Carter.
Rutherford resigned on Wednesday after the Copnor club’s 5-1 defeat at AFC Portchester.
Carter was one of the names on Moneys chairman Paul Gregory’s shortlist and he moved quickly once the Deans manager confirmed his interest.
Gregory is convinced the new man at the helm has the pedigree to take the club forward after a difficult start to the season.
‘Dave Carter has a good knowledge of our league and is capable of attracting good players to the club,’ said Gregory.
‘He has done a terrific job in the seven years he has been at Horndean.
‘At the moment they are the only unbeaten team in our league and are still in the FA Vase.
‘He will face a different challenge with us but will find a good nucleus of players already at the club.
‘Our last manager will be a hard act to follow and, personally, losing Miles to me is like losing my right arm.
‘I don’t know of anyone on the local football scene who worked harder.
‘As a club we will forever be in his debt.’
For Carter it was a difficult decision to leave a club that is doing so well this season.
It has been a struggle at Five Heads Park over the years with limited resources but Carter has made a success of it.
He admitted the Moneyfields challenge was just too good to turn down.
‘It was a hard decision to leave Horndean but these opportunities don’t come around very often,’ said Carter.
‘The timing isn’t great but you have to grab the chances when they come along.
‘Myself and assistant Mat Jones will go down there.
‘They have great facilities and we will look to build a new era at the club.
‘It is exciting times for all of us involved.
‘Moneyfields have not had the best of times so far this season but it is far from a write-off.
‘We know we have big boots to fill following on from Miles Rutherford but will do our best to see what we can do.’
Carter will watch the game against Salisbury on Tuesday night before officially taking charge the next morning.
– KEVIN RICKETTS