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John Pemberton: Coach and manager

A glimpse into the coaching career of John Pemberton…



John Pemberton (c) PA Images

Harriers were pleased to confirm the appointment of John Pemberton as Manager on Wednesday.

In almost 20 years as a coach and manager, Pemberton has extensive experience at a high level.

His tentative coaching years helped him quickly carve an enviable reputation, ten years overseeing some of the youth ranks, building towards a 2008 title success with Forest’s reserve outfit.

With the first team struggling, Forest parted company with Colin Calderwood and Pemberton temporarily took charge and oversaw a crucial Championship win at Norwich, as well as a shock FA Cup Third Round victory at Manchester City.

Leaving Forest at the end of that season, he was then part of the management team that helped keep Crystal Palace in the Championship, before a move to Sheffield United saw Pemberton take charge of the prestigious Academy at Bramall Lane.

There, he oversaw the development of some dynamic talent while steering United to the final of the FA Youth Cup; playing a considerable part in the rise of Harry Maguire, now an England international, and one Joe Ironside, who was part of the same side that agonisingly tasted defeat over two legs.

A similar body of work saw Pemberton spend four years with Bristol City where his role was more focused towards the first team, working as assistant manager and taking caretaker charge of the first team at Ashton Gate on more than one occasion.

He left Bristol City in the spring of 2017 but found work again when Chesterfield came calling – a role as head of their Academy interspersed again with a spell in caretaker charge of the Spireites in the National League.

He left his role at Chesterfield to become the new Manager of Kidderminster Harriers in readiness for the 2019/20 National League season.

Pemberton brings to Aggborough a unique style and blend of coaching and management; a progressive, forward-thinking and expressive style mixed with a steely discipline and old-school values that the club is confident will prove a success.

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