John Pemberton appointed

An introduction to the new Harriers manager…

John Pemberton (c) Tina Jenner

Harriers are pleased to confirm the appointment of John Pemberton as the club’s new Manager.

The 54-year-old takes charge at Aggborough having agreed a two-year contract.

Russ Penn has been appointed Assistant Manager and also commences that role immediately – while also retaining his availability as a player if required.

As a player, Pemberton made over 300 appearances as a player for the likes of Crewe and Crystal Palace, and in coaching and management, his career has already stretched the better part of two decades at Academy and senior level.

After retiring as a player, Pemberton transitioned into coaching at Nottingham Forest, managing their championship-winning U18 side, taking over as caretaker manager of the first team at the City Ground in in 2008 – steering Forest to a memorable FA Cup win at Manchester City.

In youth football, he has overseen successful periods at Sheffield United and Chesterfield – the latter most recently – while also taking up senior roles at Bristol City, Crystal Palace and Northampton Town as assistant and caretaker manager.

Pemberton was also caretaker boss at Chesterfield in the National League last season.

An astute and disciplined character, he is widely regarded in football circles. We look forward to moving onwards and upwards under John’s leadership.

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