aggborough news
22nd april 2002 
Clarkson's surprise exit

Ian Clarkson, the Harriers assistant caretaker manager since the departure of Jan Molby, has left the club after being told by the caretaker manager, Ian Britton, that his contract is not to be renewed.

This has come as something of a shock to most fans after being led to believe that if Ian Britton was to be confirmed as the new manager of Kidderminster Harriers this week that Clarkson would then be offered the position of assistant manager at the same time.

Obviously not.

Does this mean that Britton will want to bring his own man in, and if so who is it? or does it mean that Britton will not be named as manager and Clarkson is being allowed to leave now rather than signing a new contract and then finding himself out of favour when the new man does come in.

Myself, I think there are two reasons. One is the fact that he is not yet a qualified coach, although he is working towards it.
The other more likely reason is that Clarkson has been interested in journalism for some time now and feels that it could be a more lucrative profession than coaching.

He already writes for a number of local papers and also interviews other players and writes articles for the PFA website, as does ex Harrier Mark Shail.
Click here for that website.

It wasn't just Clarkson that left the club today. Also out were Ben Davies and Peter Faulds.

Ben had made a few appearances last season for us but had only played eleven times this with one appearance as substitute. All of these came in the first third of the season.

Peter Faulds only ever made one start for the first team against Stourport Swifts on December 5th last year.

A fourth player also left the club today, Tony Bird. I reported on this a couple of days ago.

Contracts have been offered to Richie Appleby, Ian Foster, John Danby and Scott Stamps although the club have declined to reveal any details concerning the terms offered.

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