Hereford chairman Andrew Graham has spoken in more detail about the decision to relieve head coach Marc Richards of his duties.

The following was posted on the club’s website:

Can you talk us through the process behind it?

No one on the board wanted to make this decision so early on in the season, but results and performances have not been at the levels that we had anticipated. We had given Marc our full backing throughout the off-season and we have been happy with the recruitment that has been made. The feeling within the boardroom is that this squad of players is good enough to be competing for a play-off spot and performances should have been better than we have witnessed. It was a tough call, but with so many games coming up within the next month or so we felt we needed to act quickly.

How did the decision come about?

The board spoke at length over the weekend following the defeat at King’s Lynn, after those conversations we felt that the only option available to us was to relieve Marc of his duties with immediate effect. I travelled to meet with Marc face-to-face on Monday morning to inform him of the board’s decision. I’d like to place on record my sincere thanks to both Marc and Will Morford for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.

Tim Harris, as Head of Football, will take temporary charge of first-team affairs, won’t he?

Yes, in order to keep the transition as smooth as possible we felt that the natural replacement was for the Head of Football to take charge of the team on an interim basis.

Are you looking for a Head Coach or a Manager?

We will do what is best for the club. We believe in the current set up, but we need to review all of the roles and responsibilities dependant on the skill set of the successful applicant.

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