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Fairclough to step down as Barnet manager

Paul Fairclough will stand down as manager of Barnet on Sunday after almost five years in charge at Underhill.

Former Bees defender Ian Hendon takes temporary charge of first team affairs from Monday with Fairclough taking up a role as a director at the club following Sunday`s League Two clash at Bournemouth.

The 58-year-old Fairclough will also become the chief executive of Barnet Sports Development, encompassing the new academy and new training facilities at the 44-acre Prince Edward development at Canons Park which is due to be completed in the summer.

He will also continue with his role as manager of the England C team.

Fairclough, who will also help in the search for his eventual successor, said: "The most important issue during this difficult period is the success of the team. It just has not happened on the pitch.

"In football it is ultimately the manager who pays the price for poor results.

"I will lead the team for the last time at Bournemouth this Sunday. I have loved every second of my time as manager and look forward to my new role in helping the club to grow.

"My chairman has been supportive but I will not allow him to suffer on my behalf any longer,'' he told the club`s official website: www.barnetfc.com.

"I am very grateful for all the encouragement from supporters that I have received during my time and in particular during this difficult period.''

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