Hendrie Signs, But Disharmony Reigns At Aggborough
Kidderminster Harriers have announced the signing of ex Aston Villa and England midfielder Lee Hendrie on non-contract terms. Hendrie had been at League Two side Bradford City last season, but was released in the summer. With spells at Daventry and in Indonesia already this season, Hendrie had also been linked with a move to Wrexham but has rocked up at Aggborough. He had been training at the club in the weeks before signing.
He won just the one England cap, against Czech Republic in November 1998. He spent twelve years at Aston Villa, making over three hundred appearances for the club, before having spells at Sheffield United, Derby County, Blackpool, Leicester City and Brighton before his time at Bradford.
There is trouble higher up the club’s ranks, though, as three directors have stepped down from their positions. Vice Chairman Wayne Allen and director Keith Chandler will instead be associate directors, while the third, Andrew Maidstone, has left the club altogether. He has cited pressures in his other business as his reason for resigning. Chairman Mark Serrell has denied reports of a fallout, and insists he is still on good terms with the three men. The club are now looking for fresh investment to “reinvigorate” the club.
There have been rumours of a “minimum investment” of around £50,000 to join the board, something which Serrell vehemently denies. He also says that while the club have moved away from the dire situation in which they found themselves in February 2011, they are not completely out of the woods yet, and new investment is crucial.