Russ Penn: “When it’s rocking here it’s one of the best places to be.”
By Matty Paddock - 27/11/2019
Posted 6 months ago
RUSS Penn has issued a rallying cry to the club’s players, staff and supporters as Harriers look to reignite their season with a home game against Southport on Saturday.
Penn was appointed Caretaker boss on Wednesday following the departure of John Pemberton.
The former York City midfielder’s task is sizable and immediate, not least the spectre of three home games in the space of the next week or so.
Southport, Gateshead and Boston United all come to Aggborough in National League North, and Penn knows it is a crucial period.
The 34-year-old explained the importance of togetherness during the coming weeks.
He said of the departure of Pemberton: “We had a meeting with the lads and told them the news… I said to them that the fixtures don’t change, and we’ve got three massive games in the next seven days.
“First and foremost, its Southport on Saturday, where we’re looking to win the game and put in a positive performance with plenty of energy.
“When it’s rocking here it’s one of the best places to be.” Russ Penn
“That’s not just on the pitch, that’s everyone… I need everyone in the same direction, fighting for the club.”
Of being prepared to get to work quickly and with little fuss, he went on to say: “It would have been easy for me to sulk around, but that’s not in my nature.
“I have the job for however long it might be, and I have to try and get as many points as possible.
“I have to do a few things differently and get a reaction out of the lads because it is in there, we just have to find it.”
Saturday’s contest against Southport is the first home league game on a Saturday for Harriers since September 14th.
With just five wins from 19 across the season as a whole, Penn says the time is now for everything to start coming together.
“…we’re looking to win the game and put in a positive performance with plenty of energy…”
Urging the Harriers faithful to rally behind both him and the squad, he highlighted just how special a place Aggborough can be.
“Hopefully they will support me – they used to support me as a player.
“I’ve got this club at heart and the players know that. There’s no one who wants to do well for this club more than me.
“They have to back me in that, and I want the fans to back it as well, and back the players.
“When it’s rocking here it’s one of the best places to be.”