Davids up for fight with Bees
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:18:00
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has hinted that he may well carry on beyond the summer, when his contract with the club ends, and seek another challenge rather than retiring.
Heynckes will be replaced by Pep Guardiola next season and it was speculated that he would end his coaching career as a result, but with his side now just two wins away from clinching the Bundesliga title after winning 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, he says he has the hunger to carry on.
"When I see that Konrad Adenauer became Chancellor at the age of 71, and the new Pope is 76, then I have the right, at the age of 68, to consider doing something else," he told Liga total! television.
Only a week ago, Heynckes turned down the chance to assume an advisory role with Bayern, suggesting again that his coaching career still has some way to go.
That also showed that his relationship with the Bavarian club is not as harmonious as it seems, and he even contradicted his close friend and Bayern president Uli Hoeness on Saturday, ridiculing the remarks he made on Wednesday that the club have been "playing a load of rubbish for the past three weeks."
"We played a great game against Arsenal three weeks ago and then another even better one a week later against Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal," said Heynckes.
"Maybe - and he does have the flu - he has lost track of time a little.
"But Uli is our president and he has every right to complain about things. I think it's good too because we were used to getting so much praise in the past and if you can live with praise, you've also got to be able to live with criticism.
"I've not spoken to Uli about it, but I know him well enough."
The Impact were two goals up at the break thanks to Patrice Bernier's penalty in the 34th minute and Marco Di Vaio's effort on the stroke of half-time.
Robbie Earnshaw pulled one back from the spot in the 68th minute, but Toronto could not find an equaliser.
The Philadelphia Union edged to a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution to stay three points behind Montreal in the Eastern Conference.
Jack McInerney grabbed the only goal of the game 14 minutes from time.
The rest of the day's games ended in draws.
Substitute Rodney Wallace netted in the last minute to earn a 1-1 draw for the Portland Timbers against the Sounders in Seattle.
Eddie Johnson scored for Seattle in the 13th minute.
The Columbus Crew were held to a 1-1 draw by the San Jose Earthquakes, who equalised through Justin Morrow (74) six minutes after Berti Glauber had given the home side the lead.
Alvaro Saborio salvaged a point for Real Salt Lake, scoring 10 minutes from time to cancel out the Colorado Rapids' opener, which came through Deshorn Brown (37), in another game which finished 1-1.
The other two games - New York Red Bulls v DC United and Sporting Kansas City v Chicago Fire - finished goalless.
Jack Midson's fine chipped finish on 72 minutes proved the difference in the League Two clash at the Recreation Ground - although Aldershot should have led in the opening stages when Craig Reid shot wide.
"I think all along you go for the win, but at the same time you don't want to lose," said Ardley, whose side moved five points clear of the Shots; who dropped into the bottom two.
"The way results are happening around us, you could find yourself in trouble.
"It was a sublime finish. Jack put in the effort for the team in a scrappy game.
"Not to lose was important but that doesn't mean we didn't try and go for the win.
"I knew it would be the sort of game it was with the pitch cutting up, it was always going to be scrappy and we knew we had to dig in to put in a good performance.
"The first half wasn't great to watch. We needed to defend as a team and I thought we kept them at bay well."
The Bees lost 3-2 away to relegation rivals Accrington on Saturday and both sides remain in trouble in League Two.
Player-manager Davids was sent off on 87 minutes, the second time he has seen red against Stanley this season.
But former Dutch international Davids insists he is relishing his time in management.
"I am enjoying it, League Two is a lot of fun and every match is like a final," said Davids, who turned 40 this week.
"We have to give 110 per cent every week but unfortunately we didn't play for the first 30 minutes and, if you do that, you get punished. We fought back and I felt we deserved an equaliser but it didn't happen.
"When I came in, some were saying we were already relegated but we moved to 18th place two weeks ago.
"Perhaps we thought we were comfortable. We do it the Barnet way, which is always the difficult way, but we are ready to fight every match. We have to man up and take responsibility."
Davids was sent off following a challenge on Stanley striker James Gray after the former Ajax star had moved from midfield to centre-half in the second half. He did not agree with referee Mark Heywood's decision to show him a second yellow card.
"It was harsh," he said. "It certainly wasn't a booking."