Date: 9th May 2007 at 9:12pm
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Ian Hendon has chosen to stay with the Bees, and has become Assistant Manager to Paul Fairclough.

The much-loved skipper was given a choice of leaving the club to continue his playing career, or joining Barnet’s backroom staff, and he has decided he loves the club too much to leave.

Hendon will be registered has a player for next season’s campaign, but his primary role, stressed Fairclough, is on the coaching side.

A happy captain said: ‘I am delighted that I will still be at the football club next season and I am relishing the opportunity to further my career on the coaching side and as assistant manager.

I will give 100 per cent to my new role as I have always done as a player.’

The news that Hendon has stayed at Barnet is pleased supporters, who are also happy that he has not had to announced his retirement, although it appears as though Hendon will only play for the team if an injury or suspension crisis forces him to step in.

It has also prompted speculation over who the new captaincy will be given to, with supporters overwhelming convinced Player of the Year Simon King has the capabilities to take on the role. There is also support for stand-in 06/07 skipper Nicky Bailey, however because he is transfer listed, he is expected to leave the club soon this summer. Lee Harrison is also another being discussed by fans.

But the handing of the club’s captaincy onto a new arm is unlikely to be announced soon, especially with the massive changes is personnel happening currently.