Tim Harris has this afternoon been unveiled as Hereford FC’s first Head of Football after leaving his role as the Director of Football at Tamworth last night.
The Dymock born 58-year-old will begin his duties at Edgar Street immediately, with his first major task assisting the Hereford Board of Directors as they seek a new Head Coach following the shock dismissals of Peter Beadle and Steve Jenkins last week.
Harris is enthusiastic about the challenge he now faces but understands the Bulls’ fans level of expectation. This especially prevalent following the demise of Hereford United in 2014.
“I look back at Hereford United, and you see the mess they got into, and compare that to the enthusiasm they’ve enjoyed since reforming. Just look at the crowds Hereford have been getting as a new club. They didn’t get anywhere near those attendances when Hereford United were in the Conference,” he said.
Harris continued, “Last year in the Southern League they were getting more through the gate than some clubs were getting in League Two. That’s because Hereford fans have a real passion for the club, and they believe in their club. They want to get their club back into the Football League”.
The Bulls Chairman Ken Kinnersley insists Harris is “the perfect fit for the Head of Football role in our new structure. He has a huge amount of football experience at our current level and above, as both a manager and as a Director of Football”.
Kinnersley continued, “We see Tim as being responsible for implementing our football structure, developing a scouting network, and planning recruitment from academy to the first team. We feel he has the right tools for the job”.
With a managerial background at Newport County, Forest Green Rovers, Merthyr, Gloucester City and Redditch, Harris told the official club website his experiences will enable him to drive the Bulls forward. “I am under no illusions about where the club currently stands and what is needed in the short and long-term”, he said.
As a youngster Harris spent many hours on the terraces at Edgar Street, “My father and uncle were big Hereford United fans many years ago. They used to take me and my cousins along regularly when I was a boy, so I do understand what this club means to the fans and where they want it to be”.
He continued, “Hereford supporters will never be able to accuse me of a lack of effort, as I will give everything I can to help this club progress to where is deserves to be”.