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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 October 2005, 09:00 GMT 10:00 UK
Fairclough rues Inglethorpe exit
By Chris Bevan

Barnet and England National Game boss Paul Fairclough
Fairclough is adamant he will keep his England role
England National Game boss Paul Fairclough was sad to see his assistant Alex Inglethorpe resign last week.

Exeter City manager Inglethorpe quit as he was unhappy with claims he used the post to tap up other clubs' players.

Fairclough told BBC Sport: "It is disappointing that Alex felt pressured into stepping down.

"I singled Alex out as a great coach and a great person to work alongside. I can understand why he has gone but I am just sorry it had to happen."

Fairclough will now continue his preparations for a forthcoming international tournament with Italy, Belgium and Holland while starting his search for a new right-hand man.

"I will need to get someone in to replace him, but I need to think about who it will be," he added.

The same accusations that forced Inglethorpe out have also been thrown at Fairclough, who is in charge of League Two side Barnet as well as the England non-League side, but he is keen to continue.

Fairclough said: "I intend to carry on. I absolutely love this job and am proud to do it. I will stay on as long as the Football Association want me to do it."

Inglethorpe leaves England post
21 Oct 05 |  Exeter City


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