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Steve Burr

Steve Burr
Kidderminster Harriers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Steve Burr (born 12 January 1963) is a former Scottish footballer and current manager of Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers and current England C Assistant Manager. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful managers outside of the Football League.

Playing career

Steve Burr began his football career as a player with Stafford Rangers but it was with a summer 1984 move to Macclesfield Town that he really started to make a name for himself. He was the Silkmen's leading goal scorer as they finished runners-up to Rangers in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, and also scored their first ever goal in the Football Conference after helping them to promotion up to non-league's top tier. Burr is still highly thought of at Macclesfield, where he was part of one of their most successful periods as a club. His spell went on to include two FA Trophy Final appearances. In 1990 Sir Alex Ferguson brought a Manchester United team to Moss Lane to celebrate Burr's testimonial year.

Management

Nuneaton Borough/Hucknall Town

He began his managerial career at Nuneaton Borough, where he was originally assistant to Brendan Phillips before taking over as manager when Phillips was sacked in 2000. He left Nuneaton after their relegation from the Conference at the end of the 2002/03 season, and moved on to become manager of Hucknall Town. He achieved virtually instant success, cruising to the Northern Premier League Premier Division title in his sole season at the club in 2003/04.

Northwich Victoria

The lure of management higher up the pyramid took Burr into the Conference with Northwich Victoria at that stage, and once again he made a serious impact - although this time on a different scale. Almost immediately, he was dealt a huge blow with a ten-point deduction, which threatened the Vics' survival. Against all odds, the side achieved what was considered the impossible by battling to survival on the pitch - only for 'non football' issues to heartbreakingly see them relegated once again.

That would have been enough of a hammer blow to anyone's managerial career and progress, but Burr hardly let the demotion affect him, as he swiftly led Northwich straight back to the Conference by winning the Conference North Championship. Along the way, he took his side to the Third Round of the FA Cup and a dream date with Premier League side Sunderland A.F.C, and was voted Manager of the Season. The season had begun well with Sir Alex Ferguson yet again playing a part in Burr's career by bringing a Manchester United side to Northwich to celebrate the opening of their new ground, the Victoria Stadium.

As Northwich found themselves submerged with off-field problems, Burr still managed to work wonders with Northwich in the Conference in 2006/07 - leading them to a safe, mid-table position as well as leading them to the FA Trophy semi-final, a run that was ended by Harriers who themselves went on to make Wembley.

England C

In November 2005, Burr was appointed Assistant Manager to Paul Fairclough as part of the England C managerial team. His first game resulted in a 2-0 victory over Belgium. Since 2006, under Fairclough's and Burr's guidance, England C have recorded [1] 19 wins, 7 draws and have only suffered 4 defeats.

Stalybridge Celtic

Burr finally left troubled Vics that summer, but understandably he was not out of work for long, as he was quickly unveiled as manager of Stalybridge Celtic.

His somewhat magical touch continued to rub off - Burr took his new side all the way to the Conference North play-off Final in 2008, only to be beaten by a single goal as Barrow went on to claim promotion to the Conference National.

Kidderminster Harriers

His appointment as Kidderminster Harriers manager on a two-and-a-half year contract in January 2010 saw him once again have the opportunity to have a crack at management in the Conference National. He had a magnificent start at Aggborough with a 4-1 thrashing of Grays Athletic[2] on his home début. This was the first game of an 8-game unbeaten streak as his side made an unlikely bid for the play-offs and progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy. This earned him the division's Manager of the Month[3] title for February 2010 but this was to be the last accolade of the season for Burr and the Harriers as they went out of the FA Trophy to eventual finalists and Conference champions, Stevenage Borough, and a drop in form saw them finish 13th in the league.

In March 2011 Kidderminster refused fellow Conference side Grimsby Town permission to talk to Burr about the possibility of him becoming the next Mariners manager. Burr followed this up by stating that he was happy to stay at Kidderminster.[4] This was clarified when Burr and assistant Gary Whild both signed contract extensions to the end of the 2013-14 season.[5] The Harriers went on to finish sixth in the Conference, one place outside the play-offs,[6] after slipping to defeats late in the season at home to Darlington [7] and away to Rushden & Diamonds[8] and suffering a points deduction after financial problems off the field.

In 2013, Burr received the Blue Square Bet Manager of the Month [9] award for February after steering his side to five straight wins in five matches. Kidderminster conceded just three goals in the month and found the net no less than 12 times. The award was Burr's second of the season having previously been named the Manager of the Month for December 2012. February's award was the culmination of a run 15 wins in 17 league games.

After a thrilling last day of the season that saw Kiddy miss out on automatic promotion by two points the club failed to get past Wrexham in the Play-offs. Despite this Burr was named the Blue Square Premier Manager of the Season after recording a better away record than title-winning manager Mansfield's Paul Cox.

On 1 November 2013 it was announced that Steve had been given permission to speak with Forest Green Rovers in relation to the vacant managerial role at that club.

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