O'Kelly replaces Pitman at Hereford

05 March 2012 03:17

Hereford have announced Richard O'Kelly as their new manager after Jamie Pitman was relieved of his duties by the npower League Two club on Monday.

O'Kelly, who has left his role as a coach at League One Walsall, is a surprise appointment with 12 matches remaining for the Bulls - who are two points and two places above the drop zone - to preserve their Football League status.

O'Kelly, 55, returns to Edgar Street having been assistant manager to former boss Graham Turner between 2002 and 2004 but he has no senior management experience.

A former forward who spent most of his playing career with Walsall, O'Kelly also has vast coaching experience with the likes of Grimsby, West Brom and Aston Villa while he was assistant to Sean O'Driscoll at both Bournemouth and Doncaster.

He has been appointed on a deal until the end of the season although Hereford are keen to make it a long-term relationship, while Pitman has been retained among the club's coaching staff.

O'Kelly, who will take charge for the first time at Macclesfield on Tuesday night, told the club's official website: "I'm excited to be given this chance and it's great to be back at Hereford.

"It's a very special football club for me and I'm determined to make sure the club starts to achieve its potential.

"It's my first job as manager but what better team to start with. We've got 12 games to show and prove to people just what we can do."

Source: PA