From Champions League to non-League: Barnet boost as boss Davids stays put after relegation

By Jonathan Veal, Press Association


Former Champions League winner Edgar Davids will stay at Barnet and lead them into next season's Blue Square Bet Premier campaign.

The 40-year-old, who has been with the Bees since October, took over the reins in December following Mark Robson's exit, but he was unable to guide them to League Two safety as they lost their Football League status following a final-day defeat at Northampton.

Speculation was rife about the former Juventus, Milan and Barcelona midfielder's future, but the Dutchman has confirmed he will stay at the club and attempt to lead them out of non-league.

Up for the challenge: Edgar Davids is staying with Barnet following their relegation from League Two

Up for the challenge: Edgar Davids is staying with Barnet following their relegation from League Two

'Barnet Football Club are delighted to announce that Edgar Davids will remain at the club as head-coach for the new campaign in the Conference Premier,' a club statement on the official website read.

'There has been a lot of speculation regarding Edgar's future following the club's relegation from League Two but the head-coach is keen to help the Bees return to the Football League.

'Edgar took sole charge of the team in December 2012 and despite a disappointing end to the season the Dutchman boasted an impressive record which he hopes to continue in the Conference Premier.

Dutch courage: Holland legend Davids arrived at Barnet last year

Dutch courage: Holland legend Davids arrived at Barnet last year

'He is also extremely proud at being able to lead the club into an exciting new era at The Hive.'

Chairman Tony Kleanthous is delighted to keep a man of Davids' calibre at the London club.

'I am thrilled that Edgar has decided to remain with the club,' Kleanthous said. 'The way last season ended was disappointing for everyone involved but there is no doubt in my mind that Edgar is the right man to take us forward.

'He has started a football revolution here and we hope we can maintain the attractive style of play we developed under him in the Football League.

'It is a measure of the man that he wants to stay to finish the job he started. Once a Bee always a Bee!'


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Adam, nice statistics but, he took them down.....

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Good luck to Barnet & Pit Bull...... monster of a player - hopefully will become a top top class coach for Barnet & beyond..........

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Pay attention all you mediocre premiership players who think you are Gods gift to mankind. This man is a class act.

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A boost? He took them down? - Senor T, Los Cabos, 21/5/2013 17:32; took them down but their points tally was 53, which any other season would've been more than enough to keep them up. He made them tougher to beat, that's for sure. Bradford, Fleetwood, Burton, Northampton, Southend, Gillingham, Rotherham; all teams were fighting for promotion and they were beaten by Barnet. It's ironic, League Two's great escapers finally got relegated in the same season as the Premier League's (Wigan).

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Poor lad. Only came to Barnet for a kick-about and ends up stuck as their manager in the non-league lol.

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A boost? He took them down?

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That's just classy, welcome change in the modern footballing world

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Good on him! Be easy to walk away..

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