Barnet have chosen to an appoint ex-Premier League and England player in Tim Flowers as their new manager this week, it’s confirmed.
It comes days after they got rid of ex-Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Watford player Peter Beadle following his side’s 6-0 defeat at Chesterfield – overseeing just 16 games in all competitions, winning four of them.
Barnet said they would like to place on record it’s gratitude and thanks to Peter for all of his hard work during what has been a tough period for the Club. Peter is very much someone who will always be welcome at The Hive London and we wish him well for the future.
They have since expressed that they are delighted with the appointment of Tim Flowers as the club’s new First Team Manager.
Barnet Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Flowers as our new manager 👔
— Barnet FC 🐝 (@BarnetFC) December 14, 2020
Flowers joins the Bees with significant experience both on the pitch and in the dugout during his career. The former England international goalkeeper most recently managed fellow Vanarama National League side Solihull Moors.
The former Premier League winner has also enjoyed success as a manager, most notably at the Moors, where he guided them to a second place finish in the table before missing out on promotion in the play-offs during his first season with the Club.
Flowers was recently appointed manager at Macclesfield Town before their sad liquidation at the beginning of the season. He now joins the Bees hoping to instil that winning mentality that he had on the pitch as a goalkeeper, as well as the successful culture he brought to the Moors in the 2018-19 season.
The 53-year-old now joins the Club with immediate effect ahead of his first game which will take place this weekend in the FA Trophy. His first day as manager will start at The Hive London tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.
Speaking on Flowers appointment, Chairman Tony Kleanthous said: “It is quite obvious that the Club has been on a downward spiral since our relegation from the Football League. It is time for us to address this decline and make a notable appointment of an experienced and determined manager, who will instil a winning mentality.”
New Manager Tim Flowers said: “First and foremost I am absolutely delighted to be named manager of Barnet Football Club, it is a Club of rich tradition and I can’t wait to get started. It is a community club, who need the supporters back at the heart of it and I intend to bring the success that they deserve. Looking from the outside, it is a Club that needs galvanising and it’ll be my job to do that from the outset.
“Clearly from the outside, there are things that need changing, the results speak for themselves. I still believe we can make a fist of this season but we must act immediately and begin to turn this season around.
“I believe that we have some very good footballers, but they must improve very quickly to make a good go of this season. I will be bringing one member of staff with me, I intend to meet the players tomorrow, before getting right to work on Wednesday morning ahead of our FA Trophy tie this Saturday.
“I am proud to be a part of this football club and the hard work starts now, as we look to turn our season around. I know that the supporters will get right behind us and we will do everything to make them love our football club.”
They currently sit 20th in the National League table, one place above the drop zone, taking 9 points from 13 games.
Fans reacted as Barnet appoint an ex-Premier League and England player as their new manager…
@totallyrugby: Finally a good appointment as manager. A man with the very best experience at top level football !!! A know how of what it takes to perform & win! It won’t happen overnight but he will bring back a resemblance of football to our club! Good luck boss we are right behind you
@Flapper_Kirby: He was interviewed in the summer for the job….
@013Tay: Tim went undefeated at Macc. You can’t argue with a record like that
@TheTrut33012300: Beadle won 11 trophies in 3 years, including 3 back to back league titles. You can’t argue with that. Good luck Tim, you’re gonna need it
@beespod: Good appointment! Onwards and upwards!
@barrygrestock: What a coup
@paulkeay: Hoof ball!!!! Enjoy watching that….
@Nick_wba_70: Decent appointment
@72jamesk: Good appointment just don’t expect any nice football..!
@JW_EN5: Alright now you’ve had a laugh announce Brennan
@sbgedwards: Good move that
@JonnyEnglishNYC: Alright, very happy with this, let’s hope that this is the start of a long-term and successful relationship.
Tweets continues after Barnet appoint the ex-Premier League and England player as their new manager…
I’m prepared for some shithouse Solihull Moors football as long as it gets us results, plus we have a fine heritage of previous goalkeeper managers at the helm.
— Benjamin Young (@rudebwoyben1) December 14, 2020
Well at least he should be able to give guidance on how to slow the goal deficit.
— Lynne Aldridge (@littleblueshed) December 14, 2020
Get in. Right man for it. Premier League winner. These players will respect him.
— Charlie Cassen (@charliecassen) December 14, 2020
Best of luck to you 🙏
— ⓉⒻⒼ 𝒲𝓇𝒾𝓉𝑒𝓈 (@tfgwrites) December 14, 2020
The last time we had a former England goalkeeper managing us, he brought and bought in some great players and really got the team together. No pressure Tim; Ray is looking down on us all!
— Michael Neidus (@MikeyBoy17) December 14, 2020
Welcome Tim! Best of luck!
— John Lewis (@barnet_john) December 14, 2020
Bees attract flowers!!!! Topsy turvy world
— thomas robinson (@tomwjrobinson) December 14, 2020
Bet @S1goalkeeping is buzzing. Ex Premier League winning goalkeeper at the helm. We’ve got to push on now. Up The Bees. 🌻🐝🌻
— Charlie Cassen (@charliecassen) December 15, 2020
Wait how have we done that
— David (@davidpreece_) December 14, 2020
Let’s go 🐝
— Daniel (@Noooolan) December 14, 2020