KIDDERMINSTER Harriers are set for an earlier than expected reunion with former manager Steve Burr after Chester were given a Conference reprieve earlier in the week.
The Deva Stadium outfit have been saved from relegation to Conference North and reinstated to the Premier following Hereford United’s expulsion on Tuesday.
The Bulls were booted out of the competition after failing to pay football creditors despite being given extra time to pay following the league’s annual general meeting held in Newport last weekend.
Burr will now be heading back to Aggborough during the 2014-15 campaign, completing a roller-coaster ride for the 54-year-old.
He started the season chasing promotion with Kidderminster, but finished it at the other end of the table with recently-reformed Chester.
The former Macclesfield striker was sacked by Harriers at the start of January and replaced just 24 hours later by Andy Thorn.
It was a move that sparked outrage among fans and eventually led to chairman Mark Serrell and his wife Ruth quitting the board of directors following abuse on social media.
Thorn was sacked in March and replaced by Gary Whild, who had been assistant boss under Burr, but Harriers fell short of the play-offs.
After leaving Kidderminster, former Stalybridge boss Burr took over at relegation-threatened Chester, but they finished in the bottom four on goal difference following a dramatic final day in April.
While Chester drew 2-2 against Salisbury, Hereford won 2-1 at Aldershot to secure their status.
However, that result counted for nothing when the Bulls were expelled from the competition, earning Chester an unexpected reprieve.
Meanwhile, Harriers now have 19 players registered for next season but the priority will be the full-back positions following after the departures of Mickey Demetriou (to Shrewsbury Town) and Lee Vaughan (to Cheltenham Town).
Season tickets for the coming campaign are now available from Aggborough. Fans can collect their books from the ticket office between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.