Mark Cooper says it’s an achievement to take a club the size of Forest Green into the Football League and isn’t concerned about anyone’s opinion on how the club is funded.
Rovers are in League Two after a convincing 3-1 win against Tranmere at Wembley.
Owner Dale Vince, the eco tycoon, has invested heavily in the Stroud club and with that has come criticism.
They are often the league’s biggest spenders and recent result from a survey saw the they paid more to agents than the rest of the National League combined.
But Cooper is just proud to have been the man to take them up.
“I thought we were brilliant this time, fantastic,” said Cooper, who took the team with Scott Bartlett in last year’s final.
“Two goals up is always funny, we wanted to strike a balance and we had a few chances to kill them off. We encouraged Tranmere to hit balls into our box
“It’s an unbelievable achievement to get a village team into the Football League. It’s not all about money, our budget is competitive but it doesn’t count for anything. It seems from the outside that we have players on £10,000 but that’s not the face.
“People talk about our lack of fans but these supporters have been brilliant. They were fantastic today.
“It doesn’t matter what people think of us. Nobody likes us because we have become a threat.”
Cooper added: “People think Forest Green have a soft underbelly but that’s not the case. These players will go down in history as the players who took this club into the Football League.
“We are going to celebrate properly tonight, that’s for sure!”