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Kiddy Announce Thorn As New Boss

FORMER Coventry City boss Andy Thorn has been named new Kidderminster Harriers manager following the sacking of Steve Burr yesterday.

Harriers shocked Non-League by announcing they had parted company with Burr, who had been at Aggborough for four years.

They have moved quickly to name 47-year-old Thorn as the club’s new boss on a one-year rolling contract.

Thorn’s only previous management experience was at the Sky Blues but he was sacked by the club in August 2012 after 16 months in charge.

“I’ve known about Andy and his qualities for quite some time,” said Harriers chairman Mark Serrell.

“And, once we were presented with the challenge of finding a new manager, he was at the forefront of my mind. His contacts in the game are exceptional.

“The entire board have been simply blown away by his enthusiasm and desire to succeed both personally and for us here at Kidderminster.”

Thorn, who had been working as part of Roy Hodgson’s scouting team preparing for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, said:  “I have been most impressed by all aspects of the club.

“The board share my vision when it comes to what our short and longer-term goals are and how we can achieve them.

“I’m extremely confident in my own strengths, particularly when it comes to man management and player recruitment.

“And, allied with what I believe is an excellent coaching staff here at Kidderminster, I am very excited at the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to starting straight away this weekend against Salisbury.”

Burr’s last game in charge was Saturday’s goalless draw with League One Peterborough in the FA Cup third round. Thorn’s first game as boss of the seventh placed Harriers is scheduled to be this Saturday’s Skrill Premier match against Salisbury City at Aggborough.

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