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Edgar Davids considering retirement

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Barnet FC's player/coach Edgar Davids is considering calling time on his illustrious playing career, after being sent off against Salisbury City in the Skrill Premier on Saturday.

It was the Dutchman's third red card of the season thus far, and his fifth since joining the North London outfit in October 2012. 

The 40-year-old was initially appointed joint head coach alongside Mark Robson, but following the latter's departure became the sole head coach in December.

Despite being a catalyst for Barnet's upturn in form the decorated midfielder was unable to prevent his side dropping out of the Football League, but pledged to remain this season in a bid to return the side to League Two at the first attempt.

Davids, formerly of Ajax, Milan, Juventus, Barcelona and Inter, as well as Barnet's London neighbours Tottenham and Crystal Palace, has not been a stranger to controversy.

The midfielder wears the number one shirt, claiming he wanted to start a new trend of outfield players wearing the number traditionally belonging to the goalkeeper.

As I've written before (being an avid follower of the Bees), the 40-year-old has refused to travel on overnight away trips with his squad, leaving his deputies Ulrich Langvreud and Dick Schreuder at the helm. 

Such lack of commitment has come under fire from loyal Bees fans, though there is an argument to be had that, given Davids' work at Barnet is entirely voluntary and without pay, such dedication is not necessarily needed from the Dutchman.

However, Bees fans have been irate as of late given his tendencies to be sent off; a popular YouTube video shows BT Sport coverage as Davids elbows a Wrexham player in the face, earning a red card. 

Recently, striker Jonathan Nurse was sent off in controversial circumstances when the referee first brandished a yellow card, but later changed his mind and decided to send the player off against Luton. Nurse had broken the Hatters' midfielder Jonathan Smith's leg in two places.

In the North London outfit's next outing, against Salisbury City the Bees were stung again as first Carl Fletcher was sent off for bringing down a City player in the penalty box, then Davids joined Fletcher for an early bath later after earning himself two yellow cards.

In the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat to Salisbury City, Davids claimed the league was "targeting" Barnet and himself.

During the post-match reaction, there were numerous calls for Davids' head from loyal Bees. Rumours soon spread of Davids suggesting he would bring an end to a glittering player career spanning some 20 years. These rumours were confirmed on the official Barnet website.

It remains to be seen whether the Dutch Bulldog's bark is worse than his bite, or if he will make good on his claims to hang up his boots once, and for all.

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