Creighton named Whild's number two at Harriers

Kidderminster Shuttle: Gary Whild with Mark Creighton and Tim Flowers. Picture: ADRIAN HOSKINS Gary Whild with Mark Creighton and Tim Flowers. Picture: ADRIAN HOSKINS

HARRIERS defender Mark Creighton has been named as manager Gary Whild’s right hand man but the club’s hopes of holding onto Tim Flowers have been dashed.

Creighton will stay on at the club as assistant boss after a successful spell as coach.

He and Tim Flowers were drafted into Harriers’ coaching staff when Whild took over as manager near the end of the season and helped the club to a seventh-placed finish in the Conference Premier.

Whild said: “We’re chuffed to have Creights back in with us; he’s eager to get going and that’s what I want and the club wants.

“You want that enthusiasm from him and he has got plenty of that along with some good experience.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for him for him to progress now he’s finished playing.”

Creighton has more than 300 senior appearances to his name as a player, previously won promotion from the Conference during his time with United and consistently made it into the play-offs with the Dragons.

The 32 year-old added: “I’m fortunate to be offered the position to work alongside Gary again – It’s an honour to be given that chance and it is privileged role.

“I have recently retired and I didn’t want to come out of football; it was what I want to do and where better to do it than here?”

However, Flowers looked set to take a role at a Championship club.

New Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce is finalising his coaching team and while he looks set to bring in Steve Wigley as his number two, would be ideal for the former England under-21s manager.

“To be able to coach and train with the lads every day was great for me and I thoroughly enjoyed that at Kiddy – it was terrific.” said the former England and Blackburn keeper.

“Under any other circumstance I would’ve liked that to have continued, 100 per cent and it’s crazy because it’s like the old cliché – you wait ages for a bus and two come along at once!

“Kidderminster is a tremendous club and one that is full of people who work long, long hours.

“It’s beautifully run club from the Chairman down and it’s been a pleasure to get to know everybody so well.

“I’ll still be watching and will get to games whenever I can and I’d love nothing more than for them to get back into the Football League where they belong because it is a League club in terms of how it is run and the potential of its fan-base.

“If I can be of any help to Gaz and Creights in the future, it’s a given I’ll do that as I’m sure we’ll talk regularly.”

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