Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Getting a Kicking off the Chairman Is Just Part of a Busy Week; FOOTBALL LEAGUE VIEWPOINT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Getting a Kicking off the Chairman Is Just Part of a Busy Week; FOOTBALL LEAGUE VIEWPOINT

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Byline: Paul Fairclough The Barnet director of football explains why he may need to wear shin pads the next time he's at a match

WHEN I was a teacher back in the eighties, I yearned to earn a living from football.

I jumped at the opportunity to go full-time with Stevenage Borough in the early nineties and have since managed to pay the mortgage through the game.

A footballer's life is very different to mine; apart from the obvious money chasm, the time the players spend on their trade a week equates to no more than eight hours' training plus a Saturday fixture.

I am director of football at Barnet and also manager of the England C team, so I end up spinning a few plates. Here is a flavour of an average week in the life of a football lunatic!

Wednesday is my preparation day. I try to get to the gym for 9am and back home by 10.30am, when I then plan as many of my sessions for the next seven days. I am quite meticulous and always draw pictures of my plans.

I use a great programme called Soccer Academy Coach; it makes things so easy for me. At 5.30pm until 8pm, I coach Barnet's young players of the future; kids from eight to 15 years.

Each Thursday I arrive at The Hive, our new training ground, for 9am where I register the scholars and take them for training, one session in the morning and one in the afternoon.

In between that I meet with our first-team manager Mark Stimson to review the week and preview the next.

However, last Thursday I was at Wembley for the launch of the Future Game. Fabio Capello, Stuart Pearce and Sam Allardyce were the principal speakers with the main topic being the development of young players. In the evening, I went to Luton Town for their FA Cup replay with Charlton.

Fridays involve two more sessions with the scholars, apprentices as we know them. …

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