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Josh Ilan says Barnet head coach Edgar Davids' absence against FC Halifax Town is not acceptable
This weekend saw Barnet lose their unbeaten start to the season, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat away to AFC Halifax Town.
While I can accept the loss what I am currently failing to comprehend is Edgar Davids' inability to turn up to the game.
This was the second time he has missed a match this season, with him not being present at the win against Gateshead in August. Missing a game once can be excused but twice is not acceptable.
It is common knowledge that Davids is doing the job for free, something he deserves the upmost respect for.
This comes with one major downside though: he does not have to attend every game, meaning he is technically allowed to miss matches.
But as a manager the main part of your job is to guide the team during games, to spur them on and make decisions to help get the desired result. If you are not there, you are unable to influence the result directly, irrespective of how much training or preparation has been done.
It doesn’t matter whether he has played for Barcelona or Basingstoke, certain standards are expected. Turning up for games is something you expect to happen, not want to occur.
If it was any other manager – be it Mark Stimson, Lawrie Sanchez and Mark Robson, or others – they would be condemned and heavily criticised for such an act.
The flipside of the argument is that the cons, i.e. Davids missing games, are vastly outweighed by the pros.
Unlike the previous mentioned trio, who made following the club torturous and tedious through their style of play and results, Davids has made it fun and exciting to be a fan of Barnet.
He has changed the mentality, attitude and the way we play. He has instilled a new philosophy on Barnet, attracted new fans and garnered publicity from across the globe, putting our club onto the map.
The former Holland captain’s love for the club cannot be questioned. Having spoken and listened to him on quite a few occasions, he talks about us with vigour, love and passion.
If he didn’t want to be here, he would have left at the end of the season. But he stayed, to help us and guide us back to the Football League.
Davids also has two very trustworthy able assistants in fellow Dutchman Ulrich Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder.
Not only are the pair of them incredibly nice and genuine men, they are also very good football coaches who can do a more than capable job in Davids’ absence.
With this situation looking likely to be something that occurs on a regular basis, clarification from the club is needed in regards to what the situation with Davids is.
Whilst I am unhappy with his decision, we have to bear one incredibly important factor in mind: we would be a hell of a lot worse off without him.
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