Richard Forsyth returns to Harriers

Richard Forsyth returns to Harriers as Director of Football

A former Harriers player, Richard Forsyth is back as Director of Football at Aggborough. Image - PA

Kidderminster Harriers are delighted to announce the appointment of club legend Richard Forsyth to a new role as Director of Football at Aggborough.

Forsyth will need no introduction to Harriers fans as one of the most popular players in its history, with over 300 appearances under his belt in the 1980s and 1990s.

The 49-year old, who later went on to play for Birmingham City, Stoke City and Blackpool, has returned to assume an integral role at the club after discussions with Interim CEO Neil Male.

As Director of Football, Richard will be acting as the link between the first team and its Academy and Junior football operations. This will include ensuring all areas of the club support one another and that the Academy and Junior Foundation have a clear presence within the local community.

In addition, he’ll provide support to the first team management in regards to scouting and recruitment moving forward, analysing opposition and maintaining a network of contacts at all levels that can benefit the team and club as a whole.

Speaking about his new position at Aggborough, Richard Forsyth said today:

“I’m delighted to be back at a club I have such fondness for, and in such an important role as Director of Football. I would like to thank Neil, Jimmy and Russ for giving me this opportunity. I spoke to Neil on a number of occasions over the past couple of months and his determination to bring me here made this an offer I could not refuse. It is the area of football I have been involved in for the past 10 years and hopefully this will benefit the club moving forward.

“I will be overseeing the entire Academy and Junior sections of the club, assessing and developing the talent within those age groups. I’ll also be setting up a scouting team that will support recruitment at the club, both at first team and Academy level. Through all of this, I’m looking forward to working closely with Russ and his coaching staff to make the strongest team possible to compete in National League North.”

Interim CEO Neil Male said today:

“I’m delighted to be bringing Richard back to the club. I understand he’s a club legend from his playing days, and while his passion for Kidderminster Harriers is obvious, I’m equally as excited by his obvious talent and abilities for this role. He has a wide remit as Director of Football, with the link between our first team to the Academy and overseeing the overall pathway which is crucial, to produce locally-bred talent. He’ll also be a big support to Russ and Jimmy.

“We’re fortunate to be able to bring him in but, equally, he is excited by the discussions we have had and can clearly see the plans Richard and I have for bringing success to the club.”

First Team Manager Russ Penn said today:

“We need to surround ourselves with people who are passionate about the club, and Richard fits that bill perfectly. Like me, he’s played hundreds of times here and knows what the fans and the town expect. The link between the first team and the Academy is a vital one, and Jimmy and I are looking forward to working with him on that front. He’ll be a big help to us in regards to scouting and having a very good network of personnel around the game as well, so it’s a great appointment for the club.”

This article is about: Academy, Club News, Management, Youth


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