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Kidderminster Harriers name Steve Burr as new manager

Kidderminster Harriers manager Steve Burr
Burr is the assistant manager of the England C side

Blue Square Premier side Kidderminster Harriers have named Stalybridge Celtic boss Steve Burr as their new manager.

The 50-year-old has signed a two-and-half year contract at Aggborough and replaces Mark Yates, who took over at Cheltenham Town in December.

Midfielder John Finnigan, who has been in caretaker charge of the Harriers, has been appointed as Burr's assistant.

"It's an honour to be managing this club. I can't wait to get started," Burr told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Kidderminster currently lie ninth in the top tier of non-league football, seven points off the play-off places.

"Hopefully I can bring the supporters some success and we can move in the right direction," added Burr.

"I'm delighted to be here and am looking forward now to getting down to the training pitch with the players."

A statement on the Harriers club website said that they had agreed a "substantial compensation package" with Celtic and chairman Barry Norgrove confirmed that the fee was more than they received when Yates moved to Cheltenham.

"I was determined to try and get Steve but we had to talk to the chairman [Rob Gorski] there and the discussions have dragged on for a long time," said Norgrove.

"Finally we made it and I am very pleased."

In a statement on their website, Stalybridge said that they were approached by Harriers "some weeks ago".

"We have reluctantly formed the conclusion that keeping a manager whose ambitions lie elsewhere would not be in the interests of the club," said Gorski.

Former Northwich and Hucknall manager Burr led Stalybridge to the Blue Square North play-offs in 2008 and leaves Bower Fold with Celtic currently eighth in the same division, two points off the play-off places.

"I took over at Hucknall and we won the Conference North but the ground wasn't up to Conference Premier standard," said Burr.

"Then I moved to Northwich and, under quite difficult circumstances, managed to stay in the Conference Premier, only to be relegated for non-footballing reasons.

"That was hard to take so it's great to be back in the top flight of non-league football."



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