Brown Opens Up On His Harriers Future After 'Very Sad Day'

Phil Brown admits he has “fallen in love” with Kidderminster Harriers and hinted that he’s prepared to stay on despite relegation.

The club returned to the National League North on Saturday, just 11 months after their promotion party on the pitch at Brackley Town following memorable success in the play-offs.

But after their against-all-odds success, their season didn’t live up to expectation - despite the new manager’s arrival giving sinking Harriers a fighting chance of beating the drop.

But after his flying start fell flat, their fate was sealed on Saturday as Eastleigh left Aggborough with a 1-0 win. It was the team’s 21st defeat of a sorry campaign that has rarely seen them outside of the bottom four.

Brown highlighted a lack of punch up front and their 39 goals is 12 less than Dorking Wanderers, the second lowest scorers in the division.

The manager says he feels a real connection and told the press after the loss that sealed their relegation: “It’s hard to find the right words after such a disappointing day. It hurts everyone, it’s one of the most painful experiences in football.

“I think the game summed up our season in a lot of ways, not enough of a goal threat but we showed we’re a good team and did create chances. We just miss that natural goalscorer.”

On his future, he said: “We’re having conversations. But I need to have a deep one with myself, and with my family. I’m not frightened of the challenge the club faces next season, that’s for sure.

“Despite the obvious devastation of not being able to keep Kidderminster in the division, I have really fallen in love with the football club.”

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