The Sports Psychology Blog
Today's Sports Psychology blog, comes as Barnet manager Paul Fairclough, ends his tenure at the football club, with a win!
Football: Barnet - Saving The Best Till Last!
Most football managers, end their reign at football clubs, with a heavy loss. Paul Fairclough ended his five year tenure at Barnet, with a crucial away win at Bournemouth.
It's absolutely right, that this gentleman manager, should go out with a win. For, during his time at Barnet, he has had to sell his best players, and find suitable replacements, with very limited funds at his disposal. Paul Fairclough has secured Barnet's league status, season after season. And done great deeds in the FA and Carling Cup's.
You can only go on producing miracles for so long, before you hit a mini-drought. And when that happened, this season, the Barnet faithful, seemed to forget the good work that Fairclough had done over the years, by demanding his resignation.
So, they finally got their way. And perhaps, realising, just what they were losing, his players, did the business in the relegation six-pointer at Bournemouth.
With him taking up an executive role at the club, this may be Paul Fairclough's last game as a league manager. But, if true, that would be unfortunate. This is a man, with a huge amount still to offer to the game. Look at the sustained success, the England C team have had, during his reign.
If a football club wants a manager, who can grow and nurture emerging talent, then there is none better than Paul Fairclough. His time in the Underhill dug-out may have come to an end. But let us hope, that there are more football miracles left, in this managers box of tricks.