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Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous says the Bees do not have a football manager
Barnet do not have a football manager according to Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous.
Instead the club have adopted a Dutch set up which sees Edgar Davids, Ulrich Landvreugd and Dick Schruder all take charge of the first team squad.
When he took sole charge of the Bees, Davids was appointed head coach. However, he has been absent from two of Barnet’s away matches this season without explanation.
The Dutchman missed the Bees’ 2-1 win at Gateshead and last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at FC Halifax Town.
When asked why he didn’t travel to the games, Kleanthous told the Non-League Football Show: “I don’t think he likes travelling north.
“The thing is we don’t have a manager. We have a completely Dutch set up. There are three coaches, all Dutch, that are in involved in our team.
“Edgar is the head coach, Uli is the first team coach and Dick is the assistant. I am not going to pronounce their second names because I’ll make a fool of myself.
“If you take last Saturday I wasn’t well and I was in my office working. I could see out the window Edgar Davids working with the players who didn’t travel.
“We have a pretty big squad and it is just as important to get those players ready. We lost our striker (Jake Hyde) who went down with an injury today and we need people to step in.
“It is a total football philosophy. We play a very unique type of passing football and there is a lot of coaching that goes on.”
Kleanthous was asked what the Barnet supporters thought of Davids missing matches and the Bees chairman said: “I haven’t asked them but can I be clear, we do not have a football manager. Edgar heads the coaches and the first team coach is Uli.”
Who picks the team? “I would assume it is Uli,” Kleanthous replied.
“They work as a team together and again you’re talking about a traditional English model, we do not work to that.”
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