Knight takes coaching role as Whild steps back

CRAIG Knight has joined the back room staff as new boss Andy Thorn begins too make his mark at Harriers.

The former Wrexham player will hold a dual role with academy boss Steve Guinan, who already involved in the first team coaching set up under former boss Steve Burr.

 

Knight has been coaching at Wrexham's academy and has a masters degree in sport and exercise science.

Meanwhile, Burr's former assistant Gary Whild has mutually agreed to step away from some day-to-day duties after amicable talks with the club.

Whild's knowledge of the non-league scene helped to find gifted young players from the lower levels, such as Jamille Matt and he is still contracted to Harriers until 2016.

The club are keen for the experienced coach to stay on.

Chairman Mark Serrell said: "If I am honest it was always in my mind that Gary would remain in the thick of things in that regard but we fully respect the decision he has made and we are very pleased to still have him with us moving forward."

Meanwhile, how boss Thorn has enjoyed a whirlwind first day in charge.

He met the players and put them through their paces.

He said: "I've not been able to settle down yet and it's been pretty hectic.

"But it is a privilege to be asked to be Kidderminster manager and we are looking forward to it.

"We took our first session this morning and have been trying to implement what we want on to the team and it has been pretty lively so far."

"You have to make decisions quickly but to be honest it didn't take me long to make this decision.

"It's a well-run club with a lot of passion behind it.

"The chairman very much wants to take the club forward so I am looking forward to the challenge with a good set of players; hopefully we can get to where we all want to be.

"The previous manager has done a fantastic job here and we are just pleased to be able to take over and, hopefully, progress it that little bit further."

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