Harry Kewell has been named the new head coach of Barnet’s first team ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The Australian replaces Simon Bassey who left the post last week. Barnet finished second in the National League this season, but remained on his feet after the relegation was canceled.
Kewell, 42, was sacked by Oldham Athletic in March. The former Leeds United and Liverpool winger has won 11 of his 32 games in charge of Boundary Park, but just one victory in his last six has seen the club slide to just 10 points clear of the relegation zone .
Speaking on his arrival at Hive Stadium, Kewell said: “Barnet are a fantastic football club, but we have to get the club back on the right track and back in the right direction.
“The President and I have built a truly exciting behind-the-scenes team, with the idea that a collective unity will be the driving force behind a prosperous future for the football club.
“It starts with me as the head coach, but also with all the staff, the players and of course the supporters, we have to be a collective group with the ambition to bring back better days to this incredible club. has a lot of hard work. to put us in the right direction and I can’t wait to get started! “
Barnet FC President Tony Kleanthous said: “I am delighted to welcome two extremely talented individuals to The Hive London to usher in a new era for the Club. I have no doubts that we have a great setup that will support the rebuilding of the first team and move us forward into a successful 2021-22 campaign.
“There is a lot of hard work to be done leading up to the new season and I look forward to seeing Harry and Dean, as well as our existing back office staff, tackle the task at hand. I have no doubts that with our recent meetings, there will be better days for our supporters. “
Along with Kewell, Dean Brennan has been named Barnet’s new head of football. The 40-year-old brings experience to the Bees after leading Hemel Hempstead Town for their very first promotion to the National League South, before guiding Wealdstone to the National League South title in his first season at the helm.
Barnet narrowly avoided relegation to the Southern National League in 2020/21 as managers Peter Beadle and Tim Flowers failed to straighten the club’s form before being relieved of their duties in December last year and in March respectively.