Newly-appointed interim manager Paul Fairclough has revealed he may not be the right man to help Barnet in the upcoming weeks, reports Josh Ilan.
Fairclough took on the role this week following the departure of Dutch superstar Edgar Davids but got off to a bad start with a 3-1 home defeat to Aldershot on Tuesday night.
After the game, Fairclough spoke with clarity and dignity but was brutally honest in admitting he may not be able to deliver the instant success the Hive club craves.
"I'm someone who likes to build things,” he said.
“When I came here for the first time, I was able to build something here from the very start. The season we went up, I was able to build from scratch. Today, it was a case of firefighting. Firefighting is not my scene.
“I just love Barnet Football Club, passionately, and will always do the very best I can. And I've done the very best I can tonight.
"I like to do things from fresh and I'm sure there are firefighters out there who are better at doing that than me. What I would say is that we need to be planning now.
“We won't give up on our chances of making the play-offs and if that means I have got to be part of that, then I'll give it everything.
“We need to take that stock. They know I'm here, and maybe there is someone out there who is a better firefighter than me.
“If there is someone better out there, and they are available now, I think that is what we will do.”
Martin Allen, a revered character at Barnet from in his three spells at the club, has been mentioned as a candidate for the job but Fairclough was not willing to definitively rule ‘Mad Dog’ in or out of the running.
Fairclough said that he would only be happy to remain in the role if Tony Kleanthous, the club’s chairman, wanted him to stay in the position.
He added: “I have never said I was interested in coming back in the hot-seat here - I've never really said that. I made it very clear in the interviews that I'll do this for the interim period.
“The chairman would support me if he wanted me to stay. When I stepped into here, I wanted to see whether I could affect the team in any way. Not getting my ego in the way, and not thinking I'm the Messiah, but could I affect and trust this lot. And, if I'm being honest, I don't think I have trusted them tonight.”