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Former Hull City, Derby County and Preston North End boss lands new deal despite relegation

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In January, Brown, who coached Hull in the Premier League and previously held positions at Preston North End and Derby County, assumed leadership of the Harriers.

He signed a contract that would last until the conclusion of the season, however he was unable to keep the team from being demoted to the English football league’s sixth division. Brown received a new contract at Aggborough Stadium in spite of the club’s relegation. Neil McDonald, his assistant, has also pledged his future to the team.

“Relegation has been a big disappointment to myself and everyone involved with Kidderminster Harriers football club, not least our partners and sponsors, dedicated supporters and the local community,” stated Kidderminster chairman Richard Lane.

Phil Brown counts Hull City among his former clubs. Image: CARL COURT/AFP via Getty Images
Phil Brown counts Hull City among his former clubs. Image: CARL COURT/AFP via Getty Images
“I think it can serve as a basis for us moving ahead because I have witnessed the bond Phil and Neil have created between our players and our supporters. As a company, we have devoted many hours over the past few years to building a solid financial foundation that will serve as a launchpad for future growth.

“Even if this season hasn’t lived up to our hopes and expectations, we have accomplished a great deal and created a lot of memories in a short amount of time. That’s why everything is set up to try and ensure that, with Phil and Neil leading the way, our adventure together continues unabated toward greater success in the future.

“We must transform that hurt into desire to bounce back,” stated Dean Holdsworth, the club’s director of football. The players, fans, and entire team gained newfound confidence with Phil Brown’s arrival, and his resigning suggests the chairman wants to get back to the National League as quickly as possible.

“Even though we didn’t manage to stay up, it’s amazing how driven and passionate Phil, the backroom crew, and the players were to continue fighting into the last few weeks of the season considering the situation we were in.

“We’re thrilled to have them on board for an additional two seasons. We are eager to hit the “reset” button as we have been working very hard to get ourselves in the greatest possible condition for competition the following season.

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