Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous has described the club’s player recruitment in recent months as ‘very poor’.

The Bees began the season with Peter Beadle in charge, but the former Hereford boss was replaced by Tim Flowers in December. Flowers would depart last month.




As part of an update to supporters, Kleanthous has announced the appointment of ex-AFC Wimbledon coach Simon Bassey to lead the team. Early on in the update, the Bees chairman said in reference to the team’s huge struggles this season.

“I continued to support the manager (Flowers) and Tim made a number of signings – nine in total – but his return of one win in 14 meant our season had come to an end. Ultimately, we have suffered from very poor player recruitment and we now find ourselves adrift from the pack with little to play for.”

Kleanthous also says that recruitment will not be decided upon solely by the manager in future.

“It’s not always the individual that’s at fault and it can also be the team dynamic, selection or the system players are being asked to play in that doesn’t work, so it’s important we recognise that our problems go beyond individual players. Having said that, I think I could have done a better job selecting players if I pulled names out of a hat than we have done since our relegation to the NL.

“However, as I said earlier, this is not the player’s fault, they pull on the shirt and do their best, so we should all get behind them whilst they are signed with our club.”


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