KIDDERMINSTER Harriers have sacked Alrewas-based boss Steve Burr despite being in contention for promotion to the Football League.
Kiddy have suffered a dip in fortunes in recent weeks, losing 6-0 to leaders Luton as well as against promotion rivals Alfreton and Grimsby.
But they earned a draw against League One Peterborough in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and are still level on points with the play-offs.
A short statement on the club's website yesterday read: "Kidderminster Harriers Football Club can today confirm that Steve Burr has left his post as manager at Aggborough Stadium with immediate effect.
"Everybody at the club would like to place on record its unreserved thanks to Steve for his efforts whilst in post. The board of directors would like to state explicitly again that its sole ambition for this season is to achieve promotion back to the Football League and that they are fully committed to taking whatever step necessary to reach that goal. No further comment will be made by the club at this stage."
Burr, a popular figure in the game, took Harriers to second spot in the Conference last season and they only just missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the campaign before falling to Wrexham in the play-offs.
The season before, Kiddy finished just a place outside the play-offs while in 2010 they reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy under Burr's management.
Burr, who has often been linked with the Burton Albion manager's job when it has been available, is now being linked with the vacant Northampton Town position as the Cobblers seek to retain their Football League status.