Kidderminster Harriers have appointed 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 for the likes of Crewe Alexandra, Crystal Palace and Leeds United, 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 2008. He steered Forest to a memorable FA Cup win at Manchester City.
In youth football, he has overseen successful periods at Sheffield United and Chesterfield, 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.