Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous has spoken about efforts to turn around the club’s fortunes.

The Bees’ 3-1 loss this week at Dover Athletic saw the two teams swap places at the foot of the National League, leading Kleanthous to publicly address the club’s current plight.

He began: “Last night our team position reached an all-time low during my tenure at the club, and it’s important that you, the fans, are appraised of what’s going on here to address the slide. A few weeks ago, after a disastrous 6-0 defeat at Chesterfield, I came to the conclusion that no further settling or improvement time could be afforded and that that we needed to make some radical changes in order to try and halt the obvious decline on the pitch.

“I began the overhaul by rebuilding the whole backroom staff, starting with the appointment of Tim Flowers as the new manager, who brought in Gary Whild as first-team coach and Darren Acton as our new goalkeeping coach. Along with this, I contacted an old colleague, Gary Anderson, who has a strong background working with Olympic athletes, and appointed him as our full-time head of performance.

“We are now working on improving the playing squad with the addition of three new centre-backs, and I have also authorised another two players; one a striker, who we hope will join imminently. It is a rather difficult time to attract players due to our league position and also the EFL transfer window, meaning players will await the end of this window before agreeing to come to the National League.

“However, we are optimistic that we can improve our current squad, and my support for Tim in this department is ongoing.”

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