Paul Fairclough has stressed the importance of making the right decision on who to name as the new Barnet manager after admitting the club had made mistakes with their previous appointments.
The 63-year-old took the reins at the Hive this week after Edgar Davids’ decision to step down from his role as head coach following the weekend defeat to Chester as the Bees’ hopes for promotion took another blow.
Fairclough previously assisted Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous in selecting Davids and before him Mark Robson for the managerial job but feels, in both cases, that perhaps the wrong candidate had been chosen.
Davids in particular has split opinion among the club’s supporters. His worldwide fame has brought much-needed exposure to the club, however the team has failed to impress this season and the Dutchman did not travel to many away games.
Fairclough has been placed in interim charge but has distanced himself from taking the role permanently, insisting he is more concerned with helping Kleanthous get the right man for the job this time.
He said: “We always work together on that [appointing a manager]. We haven’t got it right, unfortunately, over the years. We’ve been, the chairman and I, brutally honest with each other over the last few days.”
Fairclough believes that the club’s new permanent manager must be able to mix an attractive style of football with gaining results.
Davids became the 11th manager to leave Barnet since the turn of the century, leaving the club in 10th place. Despite playing a short passing brand, one of the former Barcelona star’s major drawbacks was an inability to grab games by the cuff and kill off opponents.
Fairclough said that the club must build on his legacy, while adding the necessary results, asserting: “It will be a great shame to waste everything that’s been built. What has been missing from Edgar’s philosophy was winning games of football. It’s all very well playing nice football, but you’ve got to win and we weren’t doing that.
“We’ve got to find someone who will marry the blends. We still want to play a modicum of good, attractive football for the supporters – we are in an entertainment business, and we need to please our supporters. Supporters like to win at all costs; they’d like to see a team win consistently. We have to get a modicum of both for me – style and success.”