THE NEW manager of Hereford FC has said there is ability in the squad, but there will need some help to go forward.

Russell Slade was announced as the club's new first team manager, taking over from head coach Marc Richards who was sacked earlier this month.

Slade, 58, has a wealth of experience under his belt, including two years at Cardiff City in the Championship. Most recently he was manager of League Two side Grimsby Town.

He was introduced to the current squad, many of whom were brought in over the summer, at last night's training session.

"I don't believe in taking a back seat, the team need my support and my help, that's what I've been brought in for, that's why I'm here," Slade told the club's official website.

"We'll get on with business straightaway, obviously we've got a very important game on Saturday against Boston.

"My ambition wasn't to come here and sit around mid-table, our ambition will be a minimum requirement of the play-offs, that's what we're trying to achieve.

"If we can get anything better than that then so be it, bring it on. I'm looking forward to that and it's nice actually, because in my career very often I've gone into a club that's been struggling at the bottom.

"I've had to create a group of players that are capable of challenging and getting to play-off finals, but on this occasion we've got a team, a nucleus of the squad that have got ability. There's some talent in there.

"Just give them a little bit of help, a little bit of tweaking here and there and we might have something to go forward with."

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Slade's most recent position was manager of Grimsby Town. During his most recent spell his side played 43: won 11, drew 12 and lost 20 and left with a 25% win ratio.

He has had two stints as manager at Grimsby Town between 2004-06 and April 2017 and February 2018

He said he's enjoyed the break since leaving the Mariners, but is ready to hit the ground running.

"I've given myself a bit of a break this time before going back into football, I haven't had too many breaks and I've been in the game for about 850 games," he added.

"I probably needed that break if I'm honest, because I've not really had one. Now I'm very eager to get started.

"I'll be there on Saturday, I'll be in the dugout with Tim (Harris) so I'm looking forward to the very first game.

"I've met the players so we're ready, looking forward to see what they can do."