Gary Peters named Hereford United director of football

Gary Peters
Peters left his last managerial role at Shrewsbury in March 2008

Hereford United have appointed Gary Peters as the League Two club's new director of football.

Peters, 57, will work alongside Bulls boss Jamie Pitman at Edgar Street but has said his role will not impede the current Hereford manager.

"If I'm honest I don't really want Jamie's job as he's got to go out and pick the team," Peters told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"I'm here to try to help him," the former Fulham player added.

Peters also played for Reading and Wimbledon before moving into coaching and management at Cambridge, Preston, Exeter and Shrewsbury.

He has been brought in at Edgar Street to add some experience to a management structure that also includes ex-West Bromwich Albion players Russell Hoult and Richard Sneekes.

And Peters says the Bulls' hierarchy deserve credit for recognising they needed to look for additional expertise.

"The manager himself was looking for help - he has had it before when Lennie Lawrence came in and did this job," Peters said.

"The chairman and the vice-chairman both feel they lack a bit of experience as well," he added.

Manager Pitman is acutely aware many fans will see the appointment of a more experienced man to such a role as a threat to his position, particularly with the side currently languishing 23rd in League Two.

Peters relishing new role with Hereford

But the Bulls boss insisted this was not the case and stressed he is looking forward to working within the new structure.

"It is not undermining me as I think people probably thought that when Lennie came in last year," he said.

"I am a young manager who maybe needs some experience [behind me] and an older head who is going to guide me.

"He has done it with David Moyes who has become a very good manager at Everton.

"So it is not to undermine me but rather it is to help me move forward and the club move forward."

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