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John Pemberton appointed as the new manager of Kidderminster Harriers

John Pemberton

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John Pemberton has been appointed as the new manager of Kidderminster Harriers on a two-year deal.

Kiddy have been without a manager since Mark Yates left in April having replaced Neil MacFarlane.

Russ Penn has been appointed assistant manager and also commences that role immediately – while also retaining his availability as a player if required.

As a player, Pemberton, 54, made over 300 appearances as a player for the likes of Crewe and Crystal Palace, and in coaching and management, his career has already stretched the better part of two decades at Academy and senior level.

After retiring as a player, Pemberton transitioned into coaching at Nottingham Forest, managing their championship-winning U18 side, taking over as caretaker manager of the first team at the City Ground in 2008 – steering Forest to a memorable FA Cup win at Manchester City.

In youth football, he has overseen successful periods at Sheffield United and Chesterfield – the latter most recently – while also taking up senior roles at Bristol City, Crystal Palace and Northampton Town as assistant and caretaker manager.

Pemberton was also caretaker boss at Chesterfield in the National League last season.

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