Shortly after arriving at The Hive London, the Club made a long term offer to Simon to continue at the helm for the 2021/22 season and beyond. However, Simon has made the Club aware that he has been offered a role with an EFL Club and has opted to take this position.
Following his departure, Bassey said:
“I very much enjoyed my time working at Barnet Football Club. I would like to thank all the players and all the staff for their efforts during my time at The Hive. I would like to thank the Chairman for giving me the opportunity to work at this brilliant football club. The players and backroom staff gave absolutely everything they had during my spell and ensured that we restored some pride come the end of the campaign.
“I was planning on staying for a longer period of time, but ultimately an opportunity has come up for me to work at a higher level and it’s a fantastic opportunity for me; one that I felt I couldn’t turn down. The Chairman has tried everything he can to convince me to stay, but I just feel at this time the opportunity gives me the chance to work at the best level I can, with ambitions of working even higher next year. I want to thank all of the supporters for their encouragement since I came in. Even though they couldn’t be with us I have felt their presence and I am grateful for that. It makes it even more special we could finish with two wins in front of them. I wish nothing but the best for everyone at Barnet Football Club moving forwards.”
Chairman Tony Kleanthous said:
“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.
The Club will now begin the process of recruiting a replacement and will provide an update when this process has been completed.