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Date: 08-01-14 gif The new Harriers manager arrives in a trice
Only just over twenty fours had passed since the sacking of Steve Burr when the club announced, out of the blue, that they had appointed a new manager for Kidderminster Harriers.  The applicants from around the footballing world must have been up all night composing their CV's and then delivering them by hand to Aggborough in readiness for an interview with the board.  Luckily one of those applicants must have had a card up his crafty sleeve because he had delivered his, in person, to Mark Serrell and then stood over him while he read the glowing missive and rubber stamped the manager there and then.

Yes, Andy Thorn had arrived at the club and couldn't wait to get cracking.

Andy Thorn Hold on a mo?  Earlier on this morning Mr Serrell had told the waiting press queuing down Hoo Road that the board were in no hurry to appoint a new manager and due process would be followed.  The manager that was to take us into the Football League must have been holding a gun to his head then?

The arrival of Andy Thorn, the former Coventry manager who was in charge briefly before getting them relegated, must have been pencilled in by the club as being the obvious choice once it was known that we would be needing a new manager.  Cause and effect or effect and cause?

There has been talk of the club being taken over by a consortium made up of people that had links with the Swindon Town take over a few months back and 'ironically' Thorn was interviewed for the vacant managers job there too.  That begs the question is all this a bit too convenient for comfort?  Were Steve Burrs days numbered months ago?  Whatever the questions being asked it now looks like we have a new manager that we didn't need in the first place and us, the fans, will have to accept that until the next upheaval takes place and by my reckoning that won't be too long coming.

Thorn will take charge in time for the game at home to Salisbury City on Saturday and one presumes that he will be accepted by the Harriers faithful at first whereas others involved in this charade will not be welcome at the game as much.  He has just a few days to begin to know his charges and one presumes that all those out on loan will be re-called so that he can run the rule over them.  One also presumes that he'll have to act fast before some of them get sold from underneath him.  Mr Thorn, may I introduce you to Joe Lolley, Chey Dunkley and Mickey Demetriou.  Quick, your time is brief.

So, let's see what we know about our new manager.

He began his career with Wimbledon as one of the younger members of the infamous Crazy Gang led by hard man Vinnie Jones.  He played over a hundred times for them and won five England U21 caps and a FA Cup winners medal before leaving to join Newcastle Utd in 1988 for a single season before moving back down to London to join Crystal Palace.

While at Palace he appeared in their only Cup Final at Wembley in 1990 where they drew 3–3 with Manchester Utd in the first match but lost the replay 1–0.  He returned to Wimbledon in 1994 before moving back up North to join Hearts where he played a handful of games before ending his career at Tranmere Rovers until he retired in 1998 due to a knee injury.

A long gap then took place as he did scouting jobs for various clubs before joining Coventry as chief scout and then as caretaker manager when Aidy Boothroyd left to manage Watford.  On the last day of the 2010–2011 season he was given the full manager job for the following season only to see them get relegated to League 1 under his stewardship.  A year later on August 26th 1012 he was dismissed from the job.

Now, following a spell of scouting again, he has been chosen as the Messiah to lead us back to the promised land as promised by Mark Serrell.

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