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Leamington manager slams Hereford for sacking their head coach

Leamington manager Paul Holleran has recently spoken out his shock after learning that Hereford have sacked head coach Marc Richards.

The Bulls became the second club to sack their manager within the first three games of the season, the club are targeting promotion, though a win, draw and loss each started to raise concerns from the board.

Brakes boss Holleran took to his social media and labelled Hereford ‘unprofessional’.

He said: “Absolutely gentlemen who deserves to be treated better than this,just as Peter and Steve should have been last season. For such a big club to be so unprofessional is sorry to see.

Though last night, Hereford played out their first game without Richards in charge and ended up beating AFC Telford United 1-0.

The victory sees Hereford move up to 5th position with 7 points from 4 games. York City head the table with 10 points.


The results:

Altrincham 3 Alfreton 2
Blyth Spartans 0 York 3
Boston 1 Leamington 0
Brackley 1 King’s Lynn 1
Farsley Celtic 0 Southport 3
Gateshead 1 Bradford PA 1
Guiseley 3 Spennymoor 1
Hereford 1 Telford 0
Kettering 1 Chester 1
Kidderminster 2 Gloucester 3


Caretaker manager Tim Harris said after the game, as quoted by Hereford Times: “The decision has been made and we can’t change that.

“Obviously I’ve worked with Marc (Richards) over the years and he is a first-class coach and I’m sure that he will bounce back.

“He is a great lad, there isn’t one player in that dressing room who doesn’t like Marc Richards. But sadly it hasn’t worked out and we have to move on.

On the management structure, Harris added: “I need to sit down with the directors as a lot has happened in the last 24 to 48 hours.

“The important focus was today’s game and what gets discussed after that will get discussed. That’s something that we’ve really not had a conversation about at this present moment in time.

On if he will have a role in the recruitment process, Harris replied: “I think we need to make it absolutely clear. I was brought in as Head of Football and asked to find some young coaches that have had experience at the National North level.

“Marc was one of four people who were interviewed by the board. Two of the others I also knew as well.

“We need to sit down and take stock. One thing I will tell you is that we can’t let it drag on, it has to be sorted as quickly as it can.

“But at the same time we don’t want to make any mistakes. I need to have that time to discuss with the board exactly what their thoughts are and where they are going.

“In the meantime it’s important that we put in performances like tonight and pick up points. When you look at the league there are absolutely no guarantees.

“When (Alex) Ferguson left Man United they had a trail of managers and still haven’t quite got it right. They are the top in the Premiership. There are no guarantees in this game.

“You have only got to look at the likes of Stockport County who spent eight years in the National League North. You have to keep your feet on the ground and it isn’t going to be easy.

“It’s a tough old league but if we put in performances like that today the fans will go home happy and we will move forwards as a football club.

“It’s happened and we have to deal with the circumstances we find ourselves in today end of story. We have to move on and can’t worry about what happened in the past.

“We have to be positive about the future and performances like that tonight was positive. The players put in a hell of a shift.

“What has gone on the past has happened and we can’t dig up dirt on what went wrong or what should have gone right.

“It’s happened, move on.”

“It’s always difficult because you never know how the players are going to respond but I’m delighted with the performance and thought they put a real shift in.

“It was a great effort. I think we deserved the three points today and there was some really good performances.

“When you’re in a situation like what has happened over the last couple of days they have to look at themselves and ask themselves what do they want out of the game?

“This is a big club with a great fanbase which is very demanding and everybody saw today there was a lot of passion and committed performances.

“I must mention Josh Gowling, Jarrod Hodgkiss and Martin Riley because they have been superb, they are experienced lads who know what football is about and have been through situations like this before.

“They have really helped to gel the lads and make them get their focus on the job today. You can never tell whether that is going to happen or not until they get out on the pitch.”


After reading Leamington manager Paul Holleran call Hereford ‘unprofessional’ for the sacking of head coach Marc Richards, fans took to give their reaction – find out what they said on the next page.


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