Barnet Director of Football Paul Fairclough says the club won't panic in their manager search

Paul Fairclough. Action Images

Paul Fairclough. Action Images

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Barnet Director of Football Paul Fairclough is adamant the Bees will not panic in their search for a new manager.

It is just under a month since the club kept their Football League status with a 2-1 final day victory against Burton Albion.

Then boss Martin Allen confirmed his contract ended with Barnet after the win on May 5.

Fairclough has since been busy working with the club in the search for a manager. While he admits the Bees want to have someone in place before pre-season, he added they will not be working with a set timescale.

“You can have timetables and if things don’t go to plan they can come and go, so there is no timetable and I’m not going to panic.

“I’m clear on the type on manager I want but whether I can find that person in the timescale we want, I don’t know.

“But we need to get someone in before pre-season and we will be looking to do that.”

Former Bees manager Fairclough also oversaw which players the club would retain ahead of the next campaign.

However, the futures of last season’s captain Mark Hughes and midfielder Sam Deering remain in a state of limbo, with neither yet agreeing terms with the Bees.

Fairclough said: “The situation with Mark Hughes is that I spoke to Mark and obviously his contract was up and at this point in his career he needs, and wants, to be playing.

“So I don’t want there to be a situation where a new manager comes in and doesn’t fancy Mark. So we’ve said to him the minute a manager comes in and if is keen then I’m sure we can do something.

“And Mark, as far as I’m aware, was relatively comfortable with that. But at the same time the danger is he is free to sign with anybody else at the moment.

“The situation is very similar with Sam Deering.

Sam’s situation is that we have got to sit down and speak because he is a young player who has undoubtedly got potential.”

He added: “So I need to sit down with the new manager when he comes and say ‘this is what needs to be done with this particular player’, if the player is up for it then there is a future for Sam Deering at the club.

“So negotiations will open up again with Sam but as with Mark he is free to go somewhere else at the moment.”

While other clubs have been busy announcing their pre-season dates, the Bees have yet to indicate who they will be limbering up for the new season against.

Fairclough admits it is difficult for the club to organise home matches as, due to the Olympics, there is only a limited period where the Bees and welcome sides to Underhill. “We will try and get some matches at home. I’ve already spoke to Arsenal and they are going away. A lot of the London clubs are clearing out of the capital and are going on tour. We are not in the position to do that,” he said.

“We will have a programme in place. The only one that looks like taking place, but we are still waiting confirmation, is a game against Stevenage that we are hoping to get on at Underhill.”

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