Hereford FC: Ex-Bulls boss Peter Beadle to apply for manager's job

Peter Beadle, in his time as Clevedon Town manager
Peter Beadle scored 83 goals in 355 Football League appearances during his playing days

Ex-Hereford United manager Peter Beadle is to apply for the manager's job with the Bulls' phoenix club Hereford FC.

The 42-year-old Londoner proved a big hit when he took over the ailing Bulls in March 2014 and succeeded in avoiding relegation from the Conference.

Events overtook the Bulls, who were expelled from the Conference, setting in motion the chain of events that ended in the old club being liquidated.

But Beadle is keen to return to the city to help relaunch the new club.

Following Tuesday's announcement that Herefordshire Council has agreed a lease for Hereford FC to play at Edgar Street, the Bulls' 90-year-old home, Beadle said: "I've been flattered by the amount of support I've had.

"I've had a lot of people message me via Twitter saying that they hope I get the job," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"There's been a lot of speculation about what league they might end up in, but that's irrelevant.

Where will the new Bulls play next season?
Hereford FC are expected to be invited to join the Midland Football League, along with the likes of Boldmere St Michaels, Stourport Swifts, Shepshed Dynamo, Coventry Sphinx, Causeway United and Tipton Town. The league is two levels down from where they ceased to be in December, as members of the Southern League. But the new club's capacity to attract much bigger gates may lead to them being placed higher, as happened to Chester, when they reformed in 2010.

"They just need to pick the right manager for the job. My contacts base is excellent. Of course I'd be interested.

"I've been doing scouting work but you miss the buzz of working for a club."

Much-travelled former Gillingham, Watford, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers striker Beadle managed both Newport County and Clevedon Town after hanging up his boots in 2003.

He also worked under Dan Ashworth, the FA's new director of elite development, at West Bromwich Albion.

After being promoted from youth team boss to take over in charge of the first team following Martin Foyle's departure from Hereford 11 months ago, Beadle had a thankless task on his hands, inheriting a side slipping towards the Conference Premier trapdoor.

But he lifted morale sufficiently to inspire a run of three wins in their last five games that kept Hereford up.

He then left to take a job with Sutton United and was still owed money by the old club.