RESERVE team boss Ian Britton will be in charge of crisis-torn Kidderminster Harriers until the end of the season following the departure of boss Jan Molby and his assistant Gary Barnett.

Aggborough club captain Ian Clarkson has taken over as assistant manager.

Barnett's departure, by mutual consent, follows swiftly after Molby's resignation which opens the door for the former Liverpool star to take over at Hull City.

Barnett said: "It's obviously a very sad day for me, but in light of Jan Molby's resignation I feel it is in the best interests of both the club and myself to do likewise.

"I have had three fantastic years here, better than I ever could have imagined, and I will miss everybody connected with the club. The players, directors, staff and supporters have been fantastic and I hope the club goes on from strength to strength."

Chairman Colin Youngjohns said: "Gary will certainly be missed. He was a great clubman, a tremendously hard worker and a thorough professional.

"Everyone at Kidderminster Harriers wishes him and his family all the very best in his future career."

Barnett joined the Aggborough club in July 1999 following Molby's appointment.

He began his managerial career at Welsh side Barry Town after a playing career at Coventry, Oxford, Wimbledon, Fulham, Huddersfield and Leyton Orient. He moved into management with Barry in September 1995.

Kidderminster, who are not planning to make any new managerial appointments until the summer, will be aiming to complete their third Nationwide League Division Three 'double' of the season when they take on struggling Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground on Monday (3pm).

When Rovers visited Aggborough earlier in the season they suffered a 2-0 defeat with Harriers goals coming from Dean Bennett and Drewe Broughton.

The Pirates, who have gone ten games without a win, are currently second from bottom in the table, nine points better off than Halifax Town.