YAN Klukowski could become the new assistant manager of Hereford FC in what would be a natural transition, according to manager Josh Gowling.

Gowling’s assistant Steve Burr left the club earlier this week to join Hednesford Town as their manager and the Bulls boss wants to promote Klukowski who is already part of his coaching team into the assistant-manager role.

“For me Yan (Klukowski) has been excellent, absolutely outstanding,” said Gowling.

“Yan takes a lot of the training with myself anyway so there won’t be too much of a change there. We just need to push on, crack on and be positive moving forward.

“I will have a conversation with Yan. He has been a big part of the identity of the club, the philosophy side of things.

“He has been a really big part of that, as well as the coaching. That looks like a natural transition for Yan so we’ll look at that.

“I’ll speak to the board and get some decisions on that.”

Klukowski is contracted with the Bulls this season in a player/coach role and has made a few appearances on the pitch.

The 35-year-old is coming towards the end of a successful playing career which saw him make over 150 appearances for Forest Green Rovers.

He signed for Hereford in July 2020 and has been a key part of Gowling’s backroom staff over the past two seasons while also making several appearances on the pitch, mostly from the bench.

Meanwhile, Burr leaves the Bulls after guiding Gowling as an inexperienced manager through his first two full seasons of management.

“Steve has been brilliant, I was his captain many years ago and he’s come in alongside me for his experience,” added Gowling.

“He has been a positive person around the group. At times like this (2-1 defeat at Brackley Town) then you can lean on him at times.”