Horisk takes over the mantle at Strathroy

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Horisk takes over the mantle at Strathroy thumbnailShane Horisk, left, has taken over as first team manager of Strathroy Harps from Seamus Fanthorpe, right.

STRAHTROY Harps have named the successor to departing first team manager, Seamus Fanthorpe.

Shane Horisk, Fanthorpe's right hand man during his seven year stint, will take over the reigns for the treble winners. Horisk will be assisted by reserve team manager Ryan Fleming and club captain Benny Boyle, who will still have a playing role.

A club statement said: "Strathroy Harps are delighted to announce that Shane Horisk has taken over as first team manager. Shane is no stranger to the club or the team having spent the last seven years being Seamus's right hand man. I'm sure you'll all join with us as we wish the lads all the best."

""I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Horisk. "There is no retirements from last year. Its a good job to inherit.

"There's a winning mentality here. It is a driving force and also a fear factor, the fear of losing. I'm not going to go in there and lower the bar at all, I want to keep the bar raised.

"The main objectives for next year will be to retain the trophies we have and push for that Irish Junior Cup. I think there is that capability within the squad, and I hope to add in a few additions.

"Ryan has experience with the reserves and will be a good lad to give me a hand, and Boyler (Benny Boyle) leads by example. He is a leader off the pitch as well. he's very vocal and can step up in the changing room. We'll also kept on Marty Gormley as coach, so going forward it is sort of as you are, without Seamus."

Fanthorpe decided to call it a day at the end of the 2016/17 season after a third third consecutive Mulhern Cup capped off a domestic treble. citing the birth of twins as one of the chief reasons for stepping down. The former Omagh town man enjoyed an illustrious managerial career on the Strathroy sideline, leading the club to 12 trophies including back-to-back Irish Junior Cups in 2008 and 2009. A Strathroy man through and through, Horisk is not daunted by his predecessor's impressive record.

"I joked with Seamus that I'm a pupil graduating from the 'School of Fanthorpe'. I've learned everything I've had to know from him. I think its something I'm ready for. Don't get me wrong, I know where the bar is set. This club is my life, I've raised money for the club and done fundraisers. Nobody will go in there with as much desire and passion as me.

"The role has been quoted as a 'poisoned chalice', but I think its a 'sweet milk', because it is a great team who all know how to win. The catalyst is the fear of losing and we all have it. My job is to keep them motivated and push the thing forward."

It had been the general consensus around the Strathroy club for several months that Horisk would take over the role after Fanthorpe revealed his intentions to step away. The new manager has since been receiving messages of endorsement from the players, who are keen to start pre-season to begin their trophy assault on all four fronts.

"I'm going to meet up with Ryan and Benny in the coming days and put the pre-season together, get some good friendly games and push on, with eyes on that Kennedy Cup game. The way I look at is that we have three trophies and Enniskillen Rangers have one, and I want to be winning all four. That's something I'm not afraid to say.

"Last year it was the one that got away. That quarter-final against Ahoghill is kind of haunting us and it will be our driving force this year."


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