Fairclough praise for Barnet boss Davids

Barnet director of football Paul Fairclough has praised head coach Edgar Davids for changing the culture at the League Two club, reports BBC Sport.

The former Champions League & Serie A winner joined in October, but they remain in danger of relegation.

“The irony is had Edgar been in charge from the start, the statistics say, we’d be around a play-off position now,” said Fairclough.

In October 2012, the former Ajax, Juventus and Tottenham midfielder joined League Two side Barnet in a player-manager role, alongside Mark Robson. By December 2012, Davids was in sole control of the club after the departure of Robson.

Fairclough continued, “We have not been great at winning games but in terms of what is pleasing to the eye, we have been one of the best football teams.”

“Winning eventually comes when you bed in a culture at a club. That is what Edgar has done. I’d love to see him have that opportunity next season to build on that.”

Since his arrival, Davids has make 27 league appearances and has guided the Bees to eight wins from 21 games.

Victory at Northampton on Saturday would secure their Football League status, but they could stay up with a draw or a defeat if other results go their way.

Barnet are leaving Underhill, their home since 1907, at the end of this season to move into at new stadium at The Hive, which is currently the clubs training complex.

Fairclough admitted that should the Bees drop into non-league football for the first time since 2005 they would face a “big struggle” financially.

“The implications are huge because it is all about funding.” He said. “You lose funding from the Football League straight away. There is this parachute fund, but it is a fraction of what you would normally get. The academy would suffer.”

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