Hereford FC have appointed Marc Richards as their new manager.

The former Gloucester City manager was in charge of the National League South side on Saturday.

Hereford's Head of Football Tim Harris told the club's official website: ‘We were inundated with excellent applications for this role and drew up a shortlist of four candidates to interview.

‘All of them were very impressive and had skills which would fit with the new football strategy that the club is moving forward with. However, after lengthy discussions, it was felt that Marc was the best candidate overall and that he would be offered the role. We are delighted he has accepted it.

‘Marc is a highly respected coach and an intelligent, progressive, forward-thinking young man. I believe he will prove to be an excellent fit for this football club and for all we are looking to achieve.

‘As well as his most recent role managing Gloucester City FC in the National League South, he has considerable experience in the National League North, and is also Assistant Director of Elite Sport at Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

‘Marc has a Masters in Coaching Science, a Post Graduate Certificate in Further Education, a BSC (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science and holds the UEFA A Licence.

‘He has helped develop many players over the last decade who are now playing professional football.

‘These include Ghanaian international, Abdul Majeed Waris, who played in the 2014 World Cup for his country and is currently on loan at Nantes from FC Porto, and David Accam, who has so far been awarded 10 international caps for Ghana and is currently playing for Philadelphia Union in the MLS after previous spells with Ostersunds FK, Helsingborgs and Chicago Fire.

‘Closer to home Marc also featured heavily in the development of Jimmy Oates – who he first met when playing out in Australia – and Mustapha Bundu, two names that will be very familiar to Bulls fans.

‘Ed Williams at Kidderminster Harriers and Scott Wilson at Macclesfield Town are two other players who have progressed into the professional game following spells under Marc’s leadership at Hartpury.’

Giving his thoughts on his appointment, a delighted Marc Richards said:

‘I feel extremely honoured and proud to be given the opportunity to join Hereford FC. I cannot wait to get started and am very excited about the potential the club has and the possibilities I believe we can achieve.

‘While I am sad to be leaving Gloucester City AFC and would like to thank everyone there for all the support they have given me, quite simply I feel this is an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down’.

On the Gloucester City official website, Richards said: "It’s with a heavy heart that I leave Gloucester City. I have been involved with Gloucester City on and off for over 11 years as a player, player-coach, assistant manager and more recently as manager.

"The progress that has been made throughout the Club and on the Stadium in these past 10 months has been extremely encouraging. However, I have an opportunity I have felt too good to pass up.

"I would like to thank all the volunteers at the Club, the management board and the supporters for their faith in me this year and most importantly the players who have given their all for me during my time at the club. I wish them and Gloucester City Football Club all the best for the future and I hope Gloucester are back in the city soon”.