How Barnet's chairman reacted after Simon Bassey left to join Danny Cowley's Portsmouth backroom staff

Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous told of his disappointment after Simon Bassey left his role as manager to join Pompey.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 12:22 pm

The Blues' backroom staff had been left light following the departures of Joe Gallen, Jake Wigley and John Keeley.

Bassey was appointed Barnet manager in April in a bid to save them from finishing in the National League relegation places.

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Although that couldn't be achieved, the former AFC Wimbledon coach made a sound impression at The Hive.

In his 12 games in charge, Bassey won five matches, drew two and lost five.

The Bees will not go down, however, after the National League North and South seasons were curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, Kleanthous wanted Bassey to remain at Barnet to help them forge their way back to the Football League.

Simon Bassey has joined Pompey's coaching staff. Picture: Alex Burstow/Getty Images

He told the club's website: 'I was delighted with the progress we had made during Simon’s time at the club and was very keen to have him on board for the upcoming campaign.

'I am disappointed but understanding of Simon’s decision and I wish him well for the future.

‘We will now go about making the right appointment to take us forward into pre-season and the campaign ahead.

‘We’d like to thank Simon for all of his efforts during his time at the club and wish him well for his future endeavours.’

Bassey started work at Pompey on Monday.