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Barnet FC showing signs of life under Brennan

After several months of new management, what's been happening at Barnet FC?

By Nnamdi Onyeagwara 13 January 2022

It has been three months since Barnet sacked ex-manager, Harry Kewell. It has been three months since Barnet sacked ex-manager, Harry Kewell. 

The Bees endured a slow and miserable start to the season under Kewell. They looked bereft of direction and hope in those opening weeks and results showed as much. The Bees endured a slow and miserable start to the season under Kewell. They looked bereft of direction and hope in those opening weeks and results showed as much. 

However, there has been a significant shift in fortunes since Kewell’s September sacking and life under new manager, Dean Brennan, has proved to be much more enjoyable. However, there has been a significant shift in fortunes since Kewell’s September sacking and life under new manager, Dean Brennan, has proved to be much more enjoyable. 

The ex-Crawley Town, Notts County and Oldham Athletic boss was appointed Barnet FC boss back in June replacing his predecessor, Simon Bassey. The ex-Crawley Town, Notts County and Oldham Athletic boss was appointed Barnet FC boss back in June replacing his predecessor, Simon Bassey. 

Under the reign of Kewell, Barnet endured a torrid start to the season. They played seven games and were winless in all seven, losing five and drawing twice. Under the reign of Kewell, Barnet endured a torrid start to the season. They played seven games and were winless in all seven, losing five and drawing twice. 

During this time, the Bees scored on average a goal a game, while they conceded an average 2.7 goals per game. During this time, the Bees scored on average a goal a game, while they conceded an average 2.7 goals per game. 

A 2–0 away loss at Bromley would end up being Kewell’s final game and he was sacked on the 20th September, with Barnet languishing at the bottom of the National League in 22nd place A 2–0 away loss at Bromley would end up being Kewell’s final game and he was sacked on the 20th September, with Barnet languishing at the bottom of the National League in 22nd place 

One key aspect of the appointment of Harry Kewell was the co-appointment of Dean Brennan as head of football. One key aspect of the appointment of Harry Kewell was the co-appointment of Dean Brennan as head of football. 

After Kewell was sacked, Brennan took over as Barnet head coach and things have changed dramatically since then. After Kewell was sacked, Brennan took over as Barnet head coach and things have changed dramatically since then. 

In the 14 games since Kewell’s sacking, Barnet has won eight, drawn two and lost four. In the 14 games since Kewell’s sacking, Barnet has won eight, drawn two and lost four. 

They have averaged 1.35 goals per game during this period, while defensively they have made the biggest improvement so far, conceding an average one goal per game. They have averaged 1.35 goals per game during this period, while defensively they have made the biggest improvement so far, conceding an average one goal per game. 

Standout performers throughout this period have been Daniel Powell, Rob Hall, Adam Marriott, Ephron Mason- Clark, Sam Beard and Reiss Greenidge. Standout performers throughout this period have been Daniel Powell, Rob Hall, Adam Marriott, Ephron Mason- Clark, Sam Beard and Reiss Greenidge. 

The new mentality that the team and its head coach have adopted since September can be epitomised by a quote from Brennan in an interview after the 2-1 win against Aldershot. The new mentality that the team and its head coach have adopted since September can be epitomised by a quote from Brennan in an interview after the 2-1 win against Aldershot. 

Brennan said, “we’ve got togetherness and we are creating that winning mentality.”  Indeed, they are. Brennan said, “we’ve got togetherness and we are creating that winning mentality.”  Indeed, they are. 

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