Dom Di Paola, manager of Bostik League South club Horsham, has strengthened his coaching and management team by appointing former Worthing and Eastbourne Borough man Jon Meeney as head coach for the 2018/19 season.
The Hornets boss, who has struggled to fill the void left by the departure of long-term right-hand man Ian Browne on the eve of the current season’s campaign, believes Meeney’s appointment is a positive one for the future of the club.
“I’ve known Jon for some time” Di Paola told the club`s official website. “We had him at East Preston for a few months, a long time ago, and he’s done pretty well since then.
“He initially went to Worthing as coach but was appointed joint-manager with Gary Elphick and took them up to the Premier Division. Last season he was at Vanarama National League South side Eastbourne Borough where he was effectively shadowing manager Jamie Howell.
“He did a lot of work at Worthing’s academy and is an excellent coach, who is good at working with the young players, and has been on my radar for a long time.
“I would love to have had him in last season to help take away some of the pressure from me and Wezzo. We had to just suck it up a bit after Browner left and it made it difficult for the two of us to juggle coaching and watching other matches, along with our regular jobs, so it’ll give us an extra pair of hands and give us good value. Ultimately we want to be putting a structure in place where we are able to produce our own players and Jon has a proven record in doing that.”
As well as his spells at Worthing and Eastbourne, Meeney has also been involved in youth team coaching at Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea.