FORMER Coventry boss Andy Thorn has been given the task of getting Kidderminster Harriers’ promotion push in the Skrill Premier back on track.
The 47-year-old was named manager on a one-year rolling contract yesterday, just 24 hours after the announcement Steve Burr had parted company with the club.
Thorn will enjoy a baptism of fire, taking the reins for Saturday’s home clash against Salisbury (3pm ko).
Harriers then tackle League One Peterborough United in the FA Cup Third Round replay (7.45pm ko) on Tuesday with a trip to Premier League Sunderland awaiting the winners.
With the Carpetmen down to seventh after just one win in the last five Conference games, Kidderminster are keen to bounce back.
Thorn was caretaker boss at theSky Blues and nearly saved them from relegation to League One, but after getting the job permanently, he was sacked following a poor start to the 2012-13 season.
Burr’s assistant Gary Whild, who is contracted to the club until 2016, remains employed by Kidderminster.
“I have been impressed by all aspects of the club, and the board share my vision when it comes to what our short and longer-term goals are and how we can achieve them,” said Thorn.
“I’m extremely confident in my own strengths, particularly when it comes to man management and player recruitment.
“I am very excited at the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to starting straight away this weekend against Salisbury.”
Chairman Mark Serrell revealed that Burr’s unexpected departure was the board’s decision.
He also refused to comment on rumours his relationship with Burr had broken down, since giving him permission to talk to Forest Green Rovers in November.
Burr joined Kidderminster from Stalybridge Celtic in January 2010 and during a successful four years built a side capable pushing for the Football League.
After two successive sixth place finishes, they were pipped to the title last season by Mansfield Town.
He also proved to be a inspirational figurehead during the club’s financial troubles in 2011, guiding Harriers to sixth despite a five point deduction.
“We have made a very difficult decision as a board of directors, which we feel is the right decision for Kidderminster Harriers to go forward,” said Serrell.
“Whether that decision was correct or not, only time will tell.
“This decision has not been taken lightly.”