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Rae backs Whild to deliver next season
6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014 in News
KIDDERMINSTER Harriers chairman Ken Rae believes the club have a positive future after Gary Whild's tenure as manager was extended.
Whild has seen his efforts stabilising the team and reviving their Skrill Premier promotion hopes rewarded with a new 12-month rolling deal which keeps him in the Aggborough hot-seat.
The manager, who previously had signed a deal until 2016 as Steve Burr's assistant, has impressed the club’s board with just one defeat in 12 games and a haul of 21 points.
Harriers' play-off hopes were ended when Grimsby and Gateshead tasted victory and Kidderminster drew with Nuneaton on Monday.
Rae said: “Gary was able to turn things around and get us very close to making the play-offs.
"He knows the players, his local non-league knowledge is second to none and he wants us to move forward and push for the play-offs."
Whild has been given his budget for next season and as has already opened started talks negotiations with several of his out of contract players.
Only captain Kyle Storer, Freddie Ladapo, Josh O’Keefe, Josh Gowling, Danny Lewis, Anthony Malbon and Michael Gash are contracted to the club for the 2014-15 campaign.
The club also announced that Rae is set to continue as chairman, after initially taking over as an interim replacement for Mark Serrell in March.
He said: “I have been lucky that we have a board of directors where everybody rolls up their sleeves and get involved.
“I would like to thank for the fans, because they have been very supportive since I took the role.
“The supporters have been great and you can see that in the attendances over the last few weeks.
“The club is in a positive position both on and off the field after a challenging couple of months and a lot of work from top to bottom has already gone in to planning for the future."
The chairman has also said the club is on a sound financial footing.
Harriers benefited from a run to the FA Cup fourth round, which generated an estimated £200,000, and the six-figure sum brought in from generated by the sale of Joe Lolley to Huddersfield, which is being paid in instalments over 12 months.
But the club have been forced to pay off managers Burr and Andy Thorn, coach Craig Knight as well as players Jamie Tolley, Lee Fowler and James Dance.
“The club has a sound financial footing. Like any club in non-league, we're not awash with cash but we're okay," said Rae.
"The board had to make decisions earlier in the season which were for the good of Harriers.
"Gary's been given a competitive budget and he's already speaking to the players he wishes to keep."
Meanwhile, Lee Vaughan was voted Harriers' player of the season, with Josh Gowling scooping the away fans' choice and 14-goal top scorer Michael Gash the junior fans' player.
Harriers end the season at Halifax on Saturday (5.30pm).
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