KIDDERMINSTER Harriers manager Steve Burr has a certain amount of empathy with crisis club Darlington.
The two sides meet at Aggborough today (3pm) needing points for different reasons – Harriers to keep the pressure on the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places and Darlington to stave off relegation.
The Quakers are in the bottom four as a result of a 10-point penalty imposed for entering administration for the third time in nine years.
Although Harriers avoided that sanction last year amid their own money troubles, they were hit with a five-point deduction and a suspended £5,000 fine for not submitting their accounts on time to the Conference. While Darlington remain in the mire, Kidderminster are now on a firm financial footing following the efforts of chairman Mark Serrell and his directors.
Burr, though, admits he feels for the fans who get caught up in the way their club is run.
He said: “Darlington have got a lot of problems – a lot of it is self-inflicted – but it’s a shame for the supporters because they are the ones who have to pick up the pieces.
“Bad management of spending more than you have and getting into trouble, we’ve seen that happen here and sorted ourselves out last year but it’s a shame to see a club like Darlington in the situation they are in.”