KIDDERMINSTER Harriers have parted company with manager John Pemberton who has paid the price for a poor run of results.

The club has only won three times since late August and is currently 17th in the Vanarama National League North, just three points from the drop zone.

The club has also made an early exit from the FA Cup and crashed out of the FA Trophy 0-3 away to Curzon Ashton.

After crisis talks this week Pemberton offered his resignation, assistant manager Russ Penn will take charge until a new boss is appointed.

In a statement Harriers said: "While managing the club has had its challenges this season, we feel strongly that with the players at our disposal and with what is a considerable budget for this division, we should be in a far better situation than we currently find ourselves.

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"We would like to thank John for his effort while in post and wish him well for the future.

"The club feels it is still well placed to achieve this season, and as such, the owners will take their time in appointing the team’s next manager.

"It is clear that Russ, is extremely popular with both players, staff and supporters and we are confident they will respond accordingly during a busy period of fixtures.

"We’d urge all Harriers fans to give Russ their full support, starting with this weekend’s game with Southport at Aggborough Stadium."