Director of football Paul Fairclough, who won the Conference title with Barnet in 2005, is no longer working for the club

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Conference-winning former Barnet manager Paul Fairclough is no longer Barnet’s director of football, the Times Series understands.

The 64-year-old took the Bees back into the Football League in 2005 after winning the Conference title, finishing 12 points clear of second-placed Hereford United.

After stepping down as manager in December 2008, Fairclough thrice returned to the hot-seat in a caretaker capacity, fulfilling the role of director of football in-between.

Fairclough’s most recent spell as caretaker manager came in January of this year but lasted just one game following Edgar Davids’ departure.

Dutch pair Uli Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder then stepped up to take on the role on a full-time basis before being succeeded by Martin Allen two months later.

However the England ‘C’ manager has not been seen at The Hive this season, leading to speculation about his position at the club.

And the Times Series understands Fairclough no longer holds the role of director of football at The Hive.

Initially appointed as Barnet boss for the final months of the 2003/04 season, following Allen’s move to Brentford, the former Liverpool midfielder was handed the reins on a permanent basis at the end of the season after finishing fourth in the Conference.

The Bees lost out in the Conference play-offs to eventual winners Shrewsbury Town but Fairclough had done enough to land the position ahead of the 2004/05 campaign.

In his first full season as Bees boss, Fairclough made up for the disappointment of play-off elimination at the hands of the Shrews 12 months earlier, guiding the club to the Conference title in emphatic fashion.

Fairclough kept Barnet in League 2 for three seasons following their return to the Football League – finishing 18th, 14th and 12th – but, with the Bees struggling near the foot of the table, in December 200, Fairclough stepped aside to assume a role within the club’s academy.

In total, Fairclough oversaw 261 matches as Barnet manager, winning 92, drawing 68 and losing 101.

Neither Paul Fairclough nor chairman Tony Kleanthous have been available for comment.

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