WEEK IN WORDS

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS -

We take a look at the sto­ries from around the Non-League scene this week that caught the eye

WHILE a cer­tain National League South club have been grab­bing the head­lines for their man­age­rial ac­tiv­ity, Here­ford pushed the panic but­ton this week too.

Af­ter three de­feats in four, which left them three points adrift of the play-offs be­fore yes­ter­day’s games, Peter Beadle was sacked with as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Jenk­ins fol­low­ing him out the door.

Just nine games in to their National North cam­paign, Beadle, Here­ford’s only man­ager since their ref­or­ma­tion in 2014, was given the boot hav­ing guided the club to three suc­ces­sive league ti­tles and the 2016 FA Vase fi­nal.

Here­ford chair­man Ken Kin­ner­s­ley ex­plained the de­ci­sion on the club’s web­site: “This is not a de­ci­sion the Board has taken lightly and it is one made with a heavy heart. How­ever, the Di­rec­tors are in unan­i­mous agree­ment that now is the right time to make a change.

“While re­cent re­sults have been dis­ap­point­ing, this is a de­ci­sion taken more with the long-term goal of pro­gress­ing to the Foot­ball League in mind and we feel it will give the club the best pos­si­ble chance of con­tin­u­ing the pos­i­tive progress it has made so far.”

Rest­less

There is lit­tle loy­alty in foot­ball but Beadle surely had enough credit in the bank to try and steer Here­ford to an­other pro­mo­tion and closer to the Foot­ball League. His record at Here­ford dur­ing his four years at the club reads, Played: 138, Won: 107, Drawn: 18, Lost: 13, Goals for: 365, Goals against: 105.

Un­sur­pris­ingly the de­ci­sion came as a sur­prise to play­ers and fans alike.

“It was a shock, no­body was ex­pect­ing the sack­ing to hap­pen,” care­taker player-man­ager Ryan Green told The NLP. “That’s foot­ball, these things hap­pen, it’s a crazy game.

“The board rang me up and have asked me to do a job for a cou­ple of games so I’ve ac­cepted.

“I’m still play­ing, Gareth Davies is an A-Li­cense coach and has be­come head of foot­ball, and he took train­ing on Thurs­day.

“We’re mid-ta­ble with a game in hand. The board want to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion and you have to re­spect that de­ci­sion and they’re still ex­pect­ing to get into the play-offs. We should be up there with the team we’ve got.”

Mean­while, Torquay United have named Gary John­son as their new man­ager af­ter part­ing ways with Gary Ow­ers on Wed­nes­day.

John­son has won Con­fer­ence ti­tles with Yeovil Town and Chel­tenham Town but he is go­ing into a tough job.

Like Here­ford, Torquay were three points off the play-offs be­fore yes­ter­day although for a club of their stature and hav­ing just been rel­e­gated from the National League, their fans are rest­less.

If Torquay were go­ing to make a change in man­age­ment, it would have made more sense clear­ing the decks in the sum­mer af­ter Ow­ers was un­able to keep them in the divi­sion.

Now John­son is left to pick up the pieces and it doesn’t look like a quick fix.

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