HEREFORD FC have named former Birmingham City and Celtic star Paul Caddis as their new manager.

Caddis is currently an academy coach with Fleetwood Town and this will be his first job in management. During his playing career Caddis was a right-back or midfielder starting his career at Celtic before making 122 appearances for Birmingham City.

He also made one substitute appearance for Scotland.

Speaking about his appointment to the club’s website Caddis said: “I am thrilled to step into the role of manager. It’s an exciting opportunity for me, and I am committed to leaving no stone unturned in order to achieve the success and progression that this club deserves.  

“I will work tirelessly and around the clock to build a team that the Hereford supporters and wider community can be truly proud of. Our team will embody character, desire, and a strong work ethic that mirrors the passion of our fantastic supporters.” 

Hereford chairman, Chris Ammonds told the club’s website: “I am hugely excited by this appointment. Paul’s obvious hunger for an opportunity and vision for our club impressed at both stages of the interview process. His enthusiasm and ambition shone through in his interviews and the desire to learn and improve he demonstrated was infectious. He has been chomping at the bit to be given a chance at the right club. 

“The fact that he was made captain of many of the teams he featured in during his impressive playing career shows his leadership qualities and it’s clear he demands high standards of everyone around him. He wants to build a team that plays football on the front foot and has emphasised the point that he will expect his players to be the fittest in the league. 

“He has been building his coaching experience over the past few years and explained in detail that we are exactly the type of chance he has been looking for. I am very pleased that we are able to give him this opportunity and I am really looking forward to seeing him develop at Edgar Street. 

“Finally, I would like to say that I believe we are indebted to Yan, his coaching staff and the players for their effort and commitment over the past few months. Yan very much remains in post as first team manager until the end of the season so let’s hope we can build on last weekend’s excellent win at Peterborough and end the season with a flourish.”