Barnet Football Club’s chairman has spoken about his reasons for welcoming back former player Peter Beadle as manager.

Beadle will take over at The Bees from Darren Currie, who left the club after failing to secure promotion to the football league.

Beadle has spent almost two years away from the game after being sacked by Hereford Football Club in September 2018.

The 48-year-old led the phoenix club for Hereford United – founded in 2014 – to three league titles in a row and an FA Vase final at Wembley as their first ever manager.

Beadle scored three goals in 13 games playing up front for Barnet in 2003. He has also managed Taunton Town, Newport County, and Clevedon Town.

In an interview on the club website, Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous spoke about why he chose Peter Beadle from more than 100 candidates - and the budget that he would have to work with.

Mr Kleanthous said: “Peter quickly emerged as a stand out applicant during the interview process where we were all impressed by his positive attitude, hunger for success and his understanding of the work ethic needed to achieve promotion.

“This was backed up by his strong managerial record and quite outstanding previous achievements with Hereford United. You felt that if his teams could reflect his passion then our success will depend on the right recruitment and so rather than delay the decision any further we decided to press on and make an announcement.

“We welcome him into the role and are pleased to have him join us but there is no time to waste, the work starts now and we will support him as much as needed.

“There has been much talk about salaries and budget but that’s just poor speculation, all applicants had the same details so everyone was on an even playing field.

“Of course to be successful this season Peter will need a competitive budget so our plan is to use the new £199 season ticket offer to form the basis of this budget and hope you will all join me in backing him for success.

“I want us to have a real go at promotion so whatever you, the fans, spend on tickets I will double and this money will go directly to players. We are hoping to eventually sell over 2,000 of these tickets so with my added support Peter will have over £800k in his playing budget but whatever the final number is, we will do this together.

“The squad will be leaner and hopefully more focused than previous seasons so together I feel we can all make this a successful season.”