Steve Burr has left Kidderminster Harriers with immediate effect

by Joe Clifford

Kidderminster HarriersKidderminster Harriers have announced that Steve Burr has left his role as manager, ending his four year stay at Aggborough.

It is believed that chairman Mark Serrell and Burr met on Tuesday morning and agreed to go their separate ways, however it is not clear as to whether Burr left to move on elsewhere or if Serrell wanted a change in manager. The club’s statement read ‘The Board of Directors would like to state explicitly again that its sole ambition for this season is to achieve promotion back to the Football League and that they are fully committed to taking whatever step necessary to reach that goal’ after expressing gratitude to Burr for his efforts as manager.

The departure of the 53-year-old has came as not only a shock to fans but also to Harriers’ footballers. Forward Anthony Malbon expressed his reaction by tweeting “Wow. Didn’t expect that news this morning. Absolutely gutted”, while winger Callum Gittings tweeted ‘Gutted about the gaffer, top manager since I joined’. Assistant manager Gary Whild is expected to take temporary charge as manager as the search for a new manager will begin.

In Burr’s first two full seasons in charge of the Harriers, he finished one place outside the play-off positions, and last season they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion as they finished two points behind Mansfield, in 2nd. However they crashed out of the play-offs after losing the semi-final to Wrexham. Expectation for this season was higher than it had been in the previous seasons, and following a strong start have slipped to seventh place after losing four in their last five games, including losses to promotion rivals Grimsby and Alfreton, as well as a 6-0 thumping away at John Still’s Luton in his final league game.

Even though they are currently in seventh place, they are still level on points with fifth place Halifax while having three games in hand over them. But on Saturday Kidderminster put in an impressive performance as they drew to League One side Peterborough and forced a replay in the FA Cup third round.

Burr was contracted until 2016, however two months prior, he was granted permission to talk to Forest Green over their managerial vacancy, and this included him missing a 1-0 away loss to Barnet before deciding to remain at Aggborough.  Now he has been heavily linked with taking over as manager at Northampton Town who are currently sitting at the bottom of League 2 and are facing a fight to retain their Football League status.

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