FORMER Hereford manager Peter Beadle feels the team have ‘moved backwards’ since he was sacked as boss over four years ago.

Beadle was the first manager for the phoenix club Hereford FC and took them to three successive promotions and back into the National League North.

However, in their first season back in the division Beadle was sacked after eight league matches with the club sitting in 12th.

“At the end of the day I felt we were on the right road to go to the National League,” said Beadle on a return to Edgar Street for Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Boston United.

“It might have taken a season or two in the National North, but we had that momentum and that free-flowing football. Everybody knew what their jobs were, but unfortunately that has come to an end. I had no doubt that we would achieve our goal. Unfortunately, people felt otherwise which is fine, that’s football.

“I’m just disappointed for the supporters that it seems to have stood still and moved a little bit backwards since we were here.

“I’m just disappointed for the supporters that since we’ve left it hasn’t continued the momentum and fallen away a little bit.

“Hopefully with a new chairman on board. I think he’s a great choice to be chairman. I think possibly things will start to brighten up, certainly next season.

Hereford are currently assessing manager applications for next season but Beadle feels his time with the Bulls ‘is done’ despite looking for a team himself.

“I think my time here is done,” said Beadle. “I do consider this place my second home. Do I think I could make it better? Of course I could, I know I can. But I think maybe that’s just passed by a little bit.

“I’m actively looking to get back in (to management). There will be things come up in the next three or four weeks leading up until the end of the season. Hopefully if something looks right and feels right then I’ll stick my name in for it.

Beadle returned to Edgar Street to watch his first competitive match since being sacked as Hereford boss in September 2018.

The 50-year-old was left reflecting on some of his achievements as Hereford United caretaker manager and Hereford FC boss.

“It’s been nice, I’ve had a nice welcome from lots of people, it’s been a nice day out for me,” added Beadle.

“I’ve had lots of special times here. With the youth team we played Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup. When I was interim manager at Hereford United we stayed up on the last day. Then obviously the next three seasons after that was championship after championship which was great. Lots of happy memories and only one real negative memory.”