Bulls caretaker boss Jamie Pitman will remain in the role until the end of the year, the club have confirmed this morning.
Pitman, whose three League games in charge has seen the Bulls double their points tally for the season, told the official site: "I can't quite believe what's happened this season. The physio job is a real passion for me but after four games in charge I want the chance to prove to everybody that I can tackle the top job."
He will continue to be assisted by Russell Hoult, with David Keyte adding that they "deserve their chance".
Here is the full press release:
A run of three league games without defeat has earned Jamie Pitman the chance to take charge of Hereford United until the end of the year.
Chairman David Keyte and Vice-Chairman Tim Russon have decided to give Pitman the Caretaker Manager’s role for another two months and put him in pole position for the full-time post.
Jamie will be helped by goalkeeping coach Russell Hoult and ahead of them lies one of the biggest challenges with the First Round of the FA Cup and local derbies against Cheltenham Town and Shrewsbury Town all coming up in the next few weeks.
For Pitman 34, this season has seen a remarkable turn around. In the summer his job as physio was under threat when the League changed the rules but now just three months later he’s in the hot seat.
“ I can’t quite believe what’s happened this season. The physio job is a real passion for me but after four games in charge I want the chance to prove to everybody that I can tackle the top job,” said Pitman.
He added, “ the players have responded brilliantly, they’ve given me everything both in training and in the games. The fans have been tremendous too, they’ve given everyone here such a lift and all I ask is for them to keep cheering and we will give it everything we’ve got.”
Pitman was handed the caretaker role after the sacking of Simon Davey and has risen to the task with draws against Port Vale and Accrington Stanley and one of the comebacks of the century to win at Northampton.
“There’s only one way to go now and that’s up but both Russell and I know it’s not going to be easy and we will be leaving nothing to chance,” added Pitman.
Tomorrow the Bulls are at Stockport County and Pitman and Hoult head north with the full backing of the club’s new board.
"Jamie and Russell have done a great job in the last few weeks,” said chairman David Keyte. “They’ve put a smile back on everybody’s face. They deserve their chance.”