Burr Leaves Kiddie
Kidderminster Harriers have announced that Steve Burr has left the club with immediate effect. In a statement on the club’s website, the board thank Burr “unreservedly” for his efforts whilst in charge, but will be making no further comment on the matter.
Burr leaves after four years in charge at Aggborough, and last season came agonisingly close to bringing Kiddie into the Football League. After missing out on the title by two points to Mansfield Town, they then lost to Wrexham in the playoffs. This season, they currently sit seventh in the Conference Premier, only outside the playoff positions on goal difference. Granted, they are fifteen points off top spot, but it is the hardest league to get out of (upwards anyway!), and I have to say I am stunned to see him go.
Burr is also a former manager of England C, and is currently Paul Fairclough’s assistant with the Non League National Team. He has also had success pretty much at every club he’s been at. While at Northwich Victoria, he steered the club to safety in the Conference after a ten point deduction, only for the club to be demoted anyway for “non football issues”. He led them to an immediate return to the top flight the next season though, winning the Conference North title and reaching the third round of the FA Cup. During the 2006/07 season, he led Vics to a remarkable mid table position in the Conference, and also took them to the FA Trophy Semi-Final, where they lost, ironically, to Kidderminster.
He finally departed Northwich for Stalybridge Celtic, where he spent three years from 2007-2010. He almost took Celtic into the Premier, but lost out to Barrow in the Conference North playoffs. He has also won multiple individual awards during his career.
Last November, don’t forget, Burr remained loyal to the club after turning down the opportunity to become Forest Green Rovers’ new manager. And this is the thanks he gets! I cannot fathom the club’s decision to get rid of such a good manager, and it can only lead me to think and speculate that this has more to do with goings-on off the pitch rather than on it. Going back to the club’s statement, it reads:
“The Board of Directors would like to state explicitly again that its sole ambition for this season is to achieve promotion back to the Football League and that they are fully committed to taking whatever step necessary to reach that goal.”
Really? The club are level on points with the playoff positions! Ok, looking at the recent results, yes they had a poor December, losing four out of five league matches, including that 6-0 thumping at leaders Luton Town. But they did beat League Two side Newport County and draw with League One Peterborough in the FA Cup.
All in all, I still think this is a harsh sacking to say the least, but I am sure Mr Burr comes out of it with absolutely no damage done to his stellar reputation, and he will most likely be in employment soon.