HEREFORD FC are looking for yet another manager after Russell Slade left Hereford FC last night following less than five months in charge.

The next appointment will be the third since Peter Beadle left the club 16 months ago after he guided the Bulls from the Midland League up to National League North.

Hereford are 16th in the table following a run of just one league win in 14 matches.

Slade, 59, was appointed on August 29 after head coach Marc Richards got sacked earlier in the month and took charge of 19 league matches with four wins, six draws and nine defeats.

Former Westfields manager Andy Bevan is now the most senior coach at the Edgar Street club.

Wins were in short supply under the experienced Slade but his passion for the club and the game was clear from his arrival.

However, he struggled to ensure defensive improvements and suffered from a string of injury problems to key players during his tenure.

Chairman Andrew Graham said: “We appreciate that Russell inherited an extremely difficult situation but we find ourselves in a tough position at this moment in time and we as a board need to act in the best interests of the club.

“I’d like to thank Russell for his hard work during his time at Edgar Street and wish him well for the future.”

Wokingham-born Slade's previous clubs managed included Leyton Orient, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City and Grimsby Town.

Hereford were without a game last Saturday as it was postponed with less than two hours to go until kick-off.

The pitch at Kettering Town was deemed to be unplayable by the referee shortly after he arrived at 1pm.

For the Bulls' next game on Saturday at home to struggling Curzon Ashton (3pm), Graham has urged fans to back their team in numbers.

“This is a crucial time of the season and a huge game for us this weekend," he said.

“I would urge fans to rally behind the players and turn out in their numbers as we look for a return to a consistent run of positive results.”

The club said an interim coach and supporting staff will be appointed as soon as possible.