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Edgar Davids Steps Down as Manager of Non-League Barnet FC

Ajax's Edgar Davids reacts after Ajax did not win the Dutch Premier League title in Tilburg, the Netherlands, Sunday April 29, 2007. Ajax went into their final game of the season away to Willem II on Sunday knowing they needed a goal fest to claim the title in possibly the most nailbiting finish the Dutch top flight has ever seen. PSV Eindhoven won Holland's Eredivisie title on goal difference after trouncing Vitesse Arnhem 5-1. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)
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Michael WadeAnalyst IIIDecember 20, 2016

Former Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus, Ajax and Tottenham midfielder Edgar Davids has left his position as manager of non-league Barnet.

The news was confirmed by the club's official Twitter account:

Davids, 40, took over the then League Two side in October 2010 in a joint-managerial position alongside Mark Robson, before later assuming sole control at the North London club.

Davids also continued to play and made 28 competitive appearances last season but was unable to stop their relegation from the Football League on the final day.

The transition to non-league football has not been an easy one and Davids made headlines this season when he claimed referees were targeting him following a sending off in the defeat against Salisbury, as reported by Joe Strange in the Daily Mail.

He also claimed he was ready to retire and concentrate on management but has been unable to coax his side into the kind of form that might lead to promotion back to League Two.

A 2-1 defeat against struggling Chester on Jan. 18 left the Bees in tenth position, three points adrift of the Conference play-off places and 15 points behind league leaders Luton, and ultimately proved the final straw for a disgruntled Davids.

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Barnet have won 11 of 28 league games but also lost eight.

A BBC Sport report included quotes from the club which thanked Davids for his time in charge:

Everybody associated with the club would like to thank Edgar for his contribution during his time here.

The club would also like to wish Edgar the very best of luck in what we have no doubt will be the continuation of an illustrious career.

Davids won 74 caps as an international for the Netherlands as well as three Serie A title as a Juventus player and the Champions League and UEFA Cup during his time with Ajax.

 

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