It’s been a turbulent week at Edgar Street. Finally, the former Hereford boss Peter Beadle and his assistant Steve Jenkins have issued a statement following their shock dismissal six days ago.
“Like many people we were shocked and disappointed on Thursday 13th September with the news that Hereford FC was terminating our employment with immediate effect.
“On reflection over the weekend we still feel that it was a little rash or harsh. We both knew that the block of games we’d just come out of was always going to be tough and after them we felt we knew what was needed. Sadly we never had that opportunity and instead we sat having coffee reflecting on what has been an incredible journey.
“We have so many people to thank for playing a part and sharing in our journey. Along that course there were 3 Championships, a Wembley Final, an amazing FA Cup run in which we got to the 2nd round proper, 3 HFA final wins, a League Cup win and a Champion of Champions win. There were also three club of the year awards and Non-League Team of the year last season.
“Our first thanks go to the Players who, despite many peoples’ thoughts, were right behind what we were doing and the way we were doing it. Our changing room was as strong and together last Saturday as it was in the first season, something we’ve been very meticulous about is whatever happens the changing room must ‘always be together’. So we would like to thank every player that has pulled on a Hereford shirt during our tenure and always given nothing less than 100%.
“Next, we thank the ‘behind the scenes’ volunteers, those from turnstile attendants, ticket office workers, cleaners, Junior Bulls supervisors, and probably many more we can’t think of. Without your contribution to the cause the club would not function properly. We know the board have said thank you many times, but Steve and I would also like to say thank you to you for your many hours of tireless and sometimes thankless work.
“We salute you the supporters. What can be said that hasn’t been said before. For three and a bit seasons the way you have followed the team home and away has been incredible. Walking out at the front of the team at Wembley to see 20,000 Hereford FC fans was and will be one of my proudest days. I know there are some supporters out there, who for whatever reason didn’t like the way I did things, but rest assured every decision made by myself and Steve was always in the best interests of the club. We had a job to do and did it to the best of our ability every single training session and match day. So, we thank you all for your incredible support during this unbelievable journey.
“Now finally to the staff, Roger Lloyd, Jonny Evans, Rhys Evans, Matthew Bishop and Martin Watson. We have been together from the very beginning. We have certainly had more ups than downs but when it came to it this is without doubt the best staff we have ever worked with. Loyal, trustworthy, professional and superb at their respective roles. This journey wouldn’t have been the same without them.
So, Gentlemen, Players, Volunteers and Supporters thank you for the memories.
Peter Beadle & Steve Jenkins