Harriers job ‘an offer Forsyth couldn’t turn down’

Club legend Richard Forsyth admits the chance to become Kidderminster Harriers director of football was an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The 49-year-old yesterday returned to Aggborough as part of an ongoing restructure being carried out by owner Richard Lane and interim chief executive Neil Male. Dudley-born Forsyth, who made more than 300 appearances for Harriers between 1987 and 1995, will be asked to provide the link between the academy and first-team, while he will also take control of the scouting department.

His arrival follows last month’s appointment of Russ Penn as manager of the National League North club. Forsyth’s most recent role was running the academy at non-league neighbours Stourbridge.

He said: “I’m delighted to be back at a club I have such fondness for and in such an important role.

“I spoke to Neil on a number of occasions over the past couple of months and his determination to bring me here made this an offer I could not refuse.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with Russ and his coaching staff to make the strongest team possible to compete in National League North.”

Forsyth played in the Football League with Blues, Stoke and Blackpool after leaving Harriers. In recent years he has tried his hand at management with both AFC Wulfrunians and Cradley Town.

At Harriers, Forsyth will be tasked with overseeing the academy and junior sections of the club, while also setting up a scouting team which will support recruitment at all levels.

Male said: “While Richard’s passion for Harriers is obvious, I’m equally excited by his obvious talent and abilities for this role.

“He has a wide remit, with the link between our first team and the academy and overseeing the pathway which is crucial to produce local talent. He will also be a big support to Russ and (assistant boss) Jimmy (O’Connor).

“We’re fortunate to be able to bring him in but he is excited by the discussions we have had. He can see the plans we have to bring success to the club.”

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