FORMER Hereford United striker Michael Rankine believes that Peter Beadle deserves to be the Bull's permanent boss.
Rankine fired home the winner on a memorable final day at Aldershot to ensure that Hereford stayed in the Football Conference.
"Beads came in and did well, so has put himself into contention for the job," said Rankine.
"If someone came in with not a massive amount of experience, then I think he would have been hard done by.
"Hereford is a big club and, at the end of the day, he got us to play good football, so I hope he gets it."
Rankine is one of a number of players who this week received a letter that said that they will not be offered a new deal at the club.
Some of the players went on social network sites to vent their anger about the way they were told and how they have not been kept informed about the club's on-going financial situation.
"The news came as as a little bit of a shock, but nothing surprises me," said Rankine.
"I am still owed wages and haven't been kept in the loop about what what is going on, but I don't want to comment too much about that.
"But both parties could have handled things a little bit better."
Rankine added that Hereford will always have a special place in his heart.
"I was part of keeping Hereford alive, which was great to be part of, but it doesn't pay the bills," said Rankine.
"I have got to keep on going and look at finding a new club.
"I will be looking at something different because it's been a tough two seasons for me."