FORMER Hereford FC boss Peter Beadle is the early frontrunner to take over as the next manager of Gloucester City after the surprise departure of Mike Cook.

City confirmed Cook’s shock exit by saying: “Gloucester City AFC can confirm that Mike Cook has left his position as first team manager within the club.

“The board would like to express their thanks to Mike for everything he achieved last season and wish him every success for the future.”

The Tigers, who play in National League North are understood to be seeking a full-time manager and Stroud-based Beadle is a firm favourite to land the post.

Beadle, who led the phoenix Edgar Street club to three straight titles, was replaced at the helm by Marc Richards but the club’s board chose to relieve the ex-Gloucester City boss of his duties just three games into this season. Richards is also in the frame to make a return to City.