Paul Fairclough believes Barnet need a 'firefighter' to save their Skrill Premier promotion bid

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Paul Fairclough believes Barnet need a "firefighter" to save their promotion bid following Edgar Davids’ departure but the Bees’ director of football does not feel he is the right man for that job.

Davids left his post as head coach on Saturday by mutual agreement after 15 months in charge.

Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous admitted "it was time for a change" on Monday and felt it was the right moment for the former Dutch international to leave the club.

Fairclough has been appointed interim manager and was in charge on Tuesday night when his side lost 3-1 to Aldershot Town.

He did not rule out taking control if Kleanthous asked but believes there are men more suitable for the role.

He said: "I will always do what is best for Barnet, always. But I like to build things from fresh and I am sure there are firefighters out there that are better at it than me.

"What I will say is that we have got to plan. We won’t give up on making the play-offs and if I have to be part of that then I will be here giving my lot with the players.

"But maybe there is someone out there who can be a better firefighter than me."

Fairclough was asked if that man could once again be Martin Allen. He didn’t rule out ‘Mad Dog’ returning to the club for a fourth time and said the players may need a "shock".

The Bees director of football will again be involved in helping the club find a new boss. He admitted Barnet haven’t always got it right over the years and said "the chairman and I have been brutally honest with each other over the last few days."

Kleanthous stated on Monday he didn’t know when the club would appoint a new boss but Fairclough said on Tuesday: "If there is someone better out there than me, and they are available now, I think that is what we will do."

Fairclough was disappointed he couldn’t end the Bees’ slump on Tuesday night after another lacklustre performance.

The Bees, who were also beaten 2-1 against Chester on Saturday, are now tenth in the Skrill Premier and Fairclough believes it will be difficult for the club to reach the play-offs after just one win in their last six matches.

"Where is that warrior like spirit and determination we showed in the second half against Luton Town?" Fairclough questioned after the defeat to Aldershot.

He said the players "must take a hard look at themselves" but admitted he also made mistakes against the Shots on Tuesday, including changing the established formation and shape of the side.

"Firefighting isn’t really my scene," he explained. "I just love Barnet Football Club passionately and will always do the very best I can.

"I did the very best I could tonight and if people want to throw stones that is fine."

Fairclough admitted Barnet have struggled in recent years to find the right "blend" when making managerial appointments.

The Bees’ passing style implemented by Davids was absent against Aldershot but Fairclough stressed the legacy the former Juventus star left at the club should be continued.

Fairclough added: "I think the transition to Edgar leaving and my coming in has been difficult for the players, sometimes it can be the thing that lifts people.

"What was missing with Edgar was winning games consistently. My job, I felt, was to try and find out what was missing to change that but I certainly didn’t find that."

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