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Fairclough stands down at Barnet

Barnet manager Paul Fairclough
Fairclough will have a say in the search for his successor

Paul Fairclough is to relinquish his duties as manager of Barnet after almost five years in charge.

The 58-year-old will make way for his assistant Ian Hendon, who will take temporary control following Sunday's match against Bournemouth.

Barnet are in 21st place in League Two having not won a match in 13 attempts.

"In football it is ultimately the manager who pays the price for poor results," said Fairclough, who has been appointed as a director of the club.

Fairclough will also take up a new role with Barnet Sports Development, a new complex due to be finished in the summer.

Fairclough led Barnet back into the League as Conference champions in his first full season in charge in 2004/05 and also twice led the side to the fourth round of the FA Cup during his reign.


He was the ninth longest-serving manager in the country, having been appointed in March 2004.

"I will lead the team for the last time at Bournemouth this Sunday," Fairclough told the club's official website.

"I have loved every second of my time as manager and look forward to my new role in helping the club to grow.

"My chairman has been supportive but I will not allow him to suffer on my behalf any longer.

"I am very grateful for all the encouragement from supporters that I have received during my time and in particular during this difficult period."

Fairclough, who will retain his role as England C team manager, will have a say in the search for his successor.

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Bournemouth v Barnet
27 Dec 08 |  League Two
Barnet 0-3 Aldershot
26 Dec 08 |  League Two
Darlington 2-2 Barnet
20 Dec 08 |  League Two

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