At only 36 years old, and up until the start of the season playing with Derby, he could still pull his boots on for us but during the time he left Derby and joined us he has been trying to get game time for Rangers but failed due to fitness issues. With Derby he played fifty three times and scored two goals although he was with them back in 2009 on loan from Watford before returning there for the next three seasons. He originally signed for Watford from Stoke City for £250,000.
Although he has no managerial experience Colin Gordon is certain that he's the man for us and the hope is that he will take us back into the Conference Premier at the end of our single year tenure in the Conference North. It'll have to be because that's all the contract he has got.
Gordon had this to say: "In choosing John we have made an appointment for the long-term and I know full well what we are getting.
I've known him for over ten years; he is an astute professional with an incredible understanding of the game. He has had a great career as a player at the highest level and it's very clear that he is going to be a fantastic coach and Manager.
John has watched a lot of our games this season, especially recently, and knows exactly the direction he wants to go in."
The Harriers fans that have commented so far are veering towards the doubting camp with many saying that this isn't the appointment we were expecting to get us out of this mess. Many still think that Steve Burr would have been a more suitable manager for us with his extensive knowledge of non-league football but with the hiring of Gardiner this could be seen as Colin Gordon wanting a suitable back up just in case things don't pan out with Eustace.
Personally I'm still to be convinced it's the right move but we have to wait until next season to see how he fares. His first big test will be the players he brings in during the close season and crucially if they're the one's that Colin Gordon wants.
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