Hereford FC have ended their search for Peter Beadle’s successor and have appointed Gloucester City boss Marc Richards as their new head coach.
Beadle was sacked last month after a slow start in the National League North with the club stating they wanted to head in a different direction in order to reach the Football League.
Tim Harris, the former Gloucester and Redditch manager, was appointed director of football and now Richards has landed the job of head coach.
Harris said: “We were inundated with excellent applications for this role and drew up a shortlist of four candidates to interview.
“All of them were very impressive and had skills which would fit with the new football strategy that the club is moving forward with. However, after lengthy discussions, it was felt that Marc was the best candidate overall and that he would be offered the role. We are delighted he has accepted it.
“Marc is a highly respected coach and an intelligent, progressive, forward-thinking young man. I believe he will prove to be an excellent fit for this football club and for all we are looking to achieve.
“As well as his most recent role managing Gloucester City FC in the National League South, he has considerable experience in the National League North, and is also Assistant Director of Elite Sport at Hartpury University and Hartpury College.
“Marc has a Masters in Coaching Science, a Post Graduate Certificate in Further Education, a BSC (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science and holds the UEFA A Licence.
“He has helped develop many players over the last decade who are now playing professional football.
“These include Ghanaian international, Abdul Majeed Waris, who played in the 2014 World Cup for his country and is currently on loan at Nantes from FC Porto, and David Accam, who has so far been awarded 10 international caps for Ghana and is currently playing for Philadelphia Union in the MLS after previous spells with Ostersunds FK, Helsingborgs and Chicago Fire.
“Closer to home Marc also featured heavily in the development of Jimmy Oates – who he first met when playing out in Australia – and Mustapha Bundu, two names that will be very familiar to Bulls fans.
“Ed Williams at Kidderminster Harriers and Scott Wilson at Macclesfield Town are two other players who have progressed into the professional game following spells under Marc’s leadership at Hartpury.’
Richards added: “I feel extremely honoured and proud to be given the opportunity to join Hereford FC. I cannot wait to get started and am very excited about the potential the club has and the possibilities I believe we can achieve.
“While I am sad to be leaving Gloucester City AFC and would like to thank everyone there for all the support they have given me, quite simply I feel this is an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.”
Richard’s first game in charge at Edgar Street will be Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Welling.