Survival in sight for Edgar Davids' Barnet
Barnet host Chesterfield this weekend with the aim of recording a fifth consecutive clean sheet and a crucial 3 points in their quest for Football League survival.
The Bees currently sit in 18th position in League Two and are 3 points clear of the relegation dropzone after a hard-fought 1-0 away victory against fellow relegation strugglers AFC Wimbledon on Easter Monday.
Commenting on the match, Barnet player-manager Edgar Davids admitted that his team’s performance was anything but easy on the eye, however acknowledged that at this stage of the season, results are all that matter:
“Everything was ugly; the pitch, the game and the goal.” “We just want to get the results in. We don't want it to be last-minute.”
Given the fact that the Bees have left it until the final day of each of the last three seasons to avoid relegation from the Football League, surely the majority of the Underhill faithful will agree with Davids’ sentiments.
In his first managerial position, Edgar Davids certainly finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Once a regular starter in the Dutch national team, Davids played for Ajax, Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Internazionale and Tottenham during a career in which he lifted the Champions League trophy and made an appearance in a World Cup semi-final. It therefore came as surprise to many that in October 2012, 37 year old Davids opted to join lowly Barnet, a club who at the time found themselves at the foot of League Two.
Davids was appointed as Head Coach of the club just two months after his arrival and he has since led the Bees to a series of impressive results and a greater chance of Football League survival from both the pitch and the dugout.
An instant fan’s favourite, Davids’ approval ratings went through the roof last month when he ordered the team bus to rescue Barnet supporters who had been stranded on the motorway.
Davids’ stock will continue to rise with those at Underhill and further afield should he guide The Bees to Football League safety. Just four games remain in the League Two season and Davids’s team are well placed to pull off the previously unthinkable – when the Dutch talisman arrived in North London, Barnet had only accumulated 3 points from their opening 11 fixtures of the season.
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