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Hereford appoint ex-Swindon, Birmingham, Bury, Blackburn, Bradford player as manager

Hereford appoint ex-Swindon, Birmingham, Bury, Blackburn, Bradford, Swindon player Paul Caddis for what will be his first spell as manager.

Caddis is currently an academy coach with Fleetwood Town, but now it seems he’s ready to step into management with the National League North his next destination come the 2023/24 season.

Hereford currently sit 15th in the table with 54 points from 44 games played, seven points above the drop zone and 11 points below the playoffs.

CLUB STATEMENT:

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Caddis as our new first team manager. Caddis will officially take charge from 1st May 2023.

Although new to management, Caddis brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role after a successful playing career that spanned over 15 years, in which time he made over 400 senior appearances in the game.

A former Scottish international, Caddis started his professional career at Celtic FC, making his home debut in a final 16 round Champions League fixture against Barcelona.

Caddis went on to play for clubs in England, including Swindon Town, Birmingham City, and Blackburn Rovers. He has also played for Bury and Dundee.

Having retired from professional football in 2021, Caddis has been making a name for himself as a coach and has been involved in coaching roles at various clubs, including Swindon Town and most recently, Fleetwood Town, where he’s been working in the Academy set up, and in coaching Fleetwood Town’s International side (FTIFA).

Speaking following his appointment, Caddis said: “I am thrilled to step into the role of manager. It’s an exciting opportunity for me, and I am committed to leaving no stone unturned in order to achieve the success and progression that this club deserves.

“I will work tirelessly and around the clock to build a team that the Hereford supporters and wider community can be truly proud of. Our team will embody character, desire, and a strong work ethic that mirrors the passion of our fantastic supporters.”

Bulls’ Chairman, Chris Ammonds, said:

“I am hugely excited by this appointment. Paul’s obvious hunger for an opportunity and vision for our club impressed at both stages of the interview process. His enthusiasm and ambition shone through in his interviews and the desire to learn and improve he demonstrated was infectious. He has been chomping at the bit to be given a chance at the right club.

“The fact that he was made captain of many of the teams he featured in during his impressive playing career shows his leadership qualities and it’s clear he demands high standards of everyone around him. He wants to build a team that plays football on the front foot and has emphasised the point that he will expect his players to be the fittest in the league.

“He has been building his coaching experience over the past few years and explained in detail that we are exactly the type of chance he has been looking for. I am very pleased that we are able to give him this opportunity and I am really looking forward to seeing him develop at Edgar Street.

“Finally, I would like to say that I believe we are indebted to Yan, his coaching staff and the players for their effort and commitment over the past few months. Yan very much remains in post as first team manager until the end of the season so let’s hope we can build on last weekend’s excellent win at Peterborough and end the season with a flourish.”

Paul Caddis has played more than 350 matches professionally at club level, while also represented his country in youth and senior competitions.

Due to his versatility, he could play anywhere in the midfield. He played in every position for Celtic and Swindon Town, except striker and goalkeeper.

Caddis began his professional career at Celtic. Caddis broke into the first-team during the 2007/08 season but was never able to maintain a place in the starting lineup over the following years.

Dundee United took him on loan for the second half the 2008-09 campaign before being sold to English League One club Swindon Town, in August 2010.

In 2012-13, Caddis spent the season on loan at Birmingham City, and then joined the club permanently in September 2013 and scored the goal in stoppage time that prevented the team from being relegated from the Championship.

In January 2017, his contract with Birmingham was mutually terminated after three-and a half seasons.

After a short stint with Bury in League One, he spent a year with Blackburn Rovers before spending seven months at Bradford City.

He returned to Swindon Town after a short spell with Bury in League One, played his final match in 2021 and announced his retirement one year later.

Caddis captained Scotland’s under-21 team, and played for them regularly. In 2016, he made his debut as a full-time international for Scotland.

This is what fans said as Hereford appoint the ex-Swindon, Birmingham, Bury, Blackburn, Bradford player as their new manager…

@BrummieHayden: Blues legend. A top, top bloke. Really hope it works out for him!

@Aaronknight_94: Ideally would of liked someone with conf north / conf experience but got to start somewhere and give him a chance!

@guyc_01: Let’s hope he’s backed properly in the summer and succeeds 👌 up the Paul

@harryjjnicholas: Leader as a player, intelligent on the pitch. No doubt he’ll be a top coach for yous 👍🏽

@pm60hfc: Good luck to him, has a big job on his hands, only about 4 players worth keeping imho, COYW

@cartertracy1: Good Luck Paul, your attitude and commitment will make you successful. Top player and man!

@Flowergirl0404: You got a good guy there, good luck Paul not that you will need it ❤️

@Scribblemilk: Future Swindon manager go well Cads

@CharllCreative: Not convinced as we’ve signed another manager who has very little to no managerial experience, but i hope he can change my mind. Just dont want more hurt haha. COYW

@SwindonSpartan: What an appointment Hereford! Cadds is a legend and you will climb the league in no time 🔴⚪️

@Alexander_S_R: Know little about him but if we are going to take a chance on an up and coming coach, and I always thought that would be our route, he seems to have the right sort of pedigree. Welcome aboard Paul!

@dave01921275: Legend, what a great appointment. Hope it goes brilliantly!

@Wilson7red: Hopefully he has some good connections 👍🏻👍🏻

@stewscricket: Top man is Paul. Played at Bantams and never let em down

@BocerDan: Great appointment, good luck Paul 👍

@Bluehead1875: Go on legend 💙

@MalcDaySTFC: Good Luck Cads…!!

@stevenh80368308: Wishing you all the best hope you do well and become our manager in the future

@BishopCrosasCSC: I feel old

@MatB_STFC69: Wow! Hope he’s a massive success. Love the fella💪🏻

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