JOSH Gowling hopes to use his degree is psychology to create a positive mindset around Hereford FC and propel them up the table.

Gowling is in charge of the Bulls on an interim basis while the club searches for a new ‘permanent manager’ following the departure of Russell Slade this week.

Gowling, a 36-year-old defender, was a player/coach at Kidderminster Harriers and is a UEFA B coach.

Gowling hopes to use his psychology experience to boost a Hereford side with just one win to their name in 14 league matches.

He took his first session in charge of the Bulls on Tuesday night and was happy with the response of the players.

“It was a brilliant session and I had a long chat with the players as a group and we need to be honest with ourselves,” said Gowling.

“I told the lads that I expect a high performance environment and positive mentality.

“The position we are in we need to be looking up the table and getting points on the board pretty quickly now.

“I can see the talent we have in the squad and we will turn it around.

“When confidence is low sometimes the quality doesn’t come out which is frustrating for everyone at the club.

“We have got to get the lads playing the type of football that they enjoy, give them a boost, pick them up and give them belief.

“I know what to do mentally with the players to get them right. “I’ve always been one for sitting back and assessing things from the psychology background.

“I can see how players react to certain things and I’ve had a period not playing this season which was frustrating for myself.

“However, it gave me time to look and assess our team, our weaknesses and strengths.

“I hope I can make an impact and help us move forward with a positive mindset.”

Gowling will be helped in his role by several coaches including Andy Bevan as the side prepare for Saturday’s visit of Curzon Ashton.

“It’s not about me but about the team,” added Gowling.

“We did work on them (Curzon) yesterday (Tuesday) and will do again on Thursday to impact our game plan on them.

“I don’t want the players to worry about the opposition, that’s for me to deal with.”

When asked if he would feature on the pitch for the Bulls?

Gowling replied: “I can’t give that away.

“We will see what happens. I will assess the squad and see what players we have got.”

Gowling’s first move in charge was to recall midfielder Tom Owen-Evans from his loan spell at Chippenham Town.

“I had a long chat with him before recalling him,” added Gowling.

“He wasn’t enjoying his football when he left and sometimes performances can reflect that. I know what his strengths and he understands what player he is. Sometimes when he is put in a role that doesn’t really suite him you don’t get the best out of him.”