HEREFORD manager Russell Slade says his side have got the nucleus of a good team, but need direction.

The new boss will have had two weeks to work with his players when they travel to Guiseley on Saturday.

"It has been busy and nice to have all the players except the three who have been away on international duty," said Slade.

"It has given us a little bit of time to look at it all and we are starting to put in more structure on and off the pitch."

Jason Pope is still struggling with a knock for the Bulls while Martin Riley could be out for six weeks or more after popping his shoulder out of place against Boston United.

Slade said, following the Boston match, that he might be looking at boosting the defence with Riley out injured.

"In terms of recruiting there are things I still need to do and want to do," said Slade.

"The nucleus is there and the boys have trained with real enthusiasm, it is a good group.

"I don't see many bad apples in there. Basically we have got a decent side but what they need is a little bit of direction and help on and off the pitch."

Slade also said, on his arrival at Edgar Street, that he would be looking at appointing a new coach.

Meanwhile, Saturday's host Guiseley have started the season well with five wins from their opening 10 matches.

Last season the Bulls drew 0-0 at Nethermoor and won 1-0 at Edgar Street.

Slade says that each match will throw up different challenges for his side.

He added: "They have had a very good start and I know for the level they have got a relatively experienced manager in Marcus Bignot.

"It will be a test, but they are all tests in different ways.

"They all throw up a challenge and it up to us to be ready."