After Dave Horseman was fired from his position as manager of Forest Green Rovers, Troy Deeney was given the opportunity to take over the team’s managing duties. Although Deeney joined Rovers in August as a player-coach, the owner, Dale Vince, has promoted him to the position of head coach.
This comes at a time when the League Two team is in danger of being relegated to a non-league league competition after a streak of seven matches in which they have only won once.
As a player, Deeney would frequently lead sessions on Mondays before continuing to practice for the rest of the week. Now, he will take on the task of leading sessions on a full-time basis. On Friday, Rovers, who are now ranked 23rd, will play host to Gillingham.
Forest Green Rovers have parted company with David Horseman and Louis Carey.
We can confirm that Troy Deeney is our new permanent Head Coach.
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“One thing I can assure everyone is that we will work our very hardest to bring this wonderful club back to success,” said Deeney, who had previously served as the captain of Watford on multiple occasions.
This is an interesting new role that comes with a lot of challenges, and I’m excited to take on them. However, there is a significant amount of work that we have to accomplish, which has already begun.
Troy Deeney has been appointed the new head coach of Forest Green Rovers after the club parted company with David Horseman.
— The Athletic | Football (@TheAthleticFC) December 20, 2023
Although I wish we had more time, we are at the midway point of the season and need to take immediate action in order to enhance our performances and league place. Vince remarked, “I would like to thank David Horseman and Louis Carey, Horseman’s assistant for everything they have done here and wish them the best for the future.”
“Troy came to us to start his career as a coach and to take the next step in his career. Although this is happening sooner than intended, he has already established excellent ties with our staff, players, and supporters, and he is well positioned to take on the job.
In addition, we will improve our squad during the upcoming transfer window in order to provide ourselves with the greatest possible opportunity to first secure our position in League Two before looking upward once more, toward League One and beyond.
In the past 19 months, Deeney holds the position of Forest Green’s fourth head coach. The 35-year-old player has made 18 appearances so far this season and has scored four goals.