Kidderminster Harriers manager John Pemberton has left his role.

The former Leeds United and Sheffield United defender took over at Aggborough at the end of May, but with Harriers currently 17th in the National League North, the 55-year-old has departed. The club explain: “Discussions were held with John earlier this week in light of the team’s current league position and early exit from the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

“While managing the club has had its challenges this season, we feel strongly that with the players at our disposal and with what is a considerable budget for this division we should be in a far better situation than we currently find ourselves. At the end of these discussions, John offered his resignation which was accepted by the club.”

Assistant manager Russ Penn has been placed in interim charge.