English League 2

Davids ups the stakes

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Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:24:00

Bundesliga outfit Freiburg have parted company with their general manager Dirk Dufner, who has left the club with immediate effect.

Dufner, who has been at the club since their days in the second division, is now expected to join Bundesliga rivals Hannover, who parted ways with Jorg Schmadtke on Saturday.

The German club have exceeded expectations this season and are currently sitting in fifth position, just a point behind fourth-placed Schalke, but look strong favourites to qualify for next season's Europa League.

"Dirk Dufner took on this role in a difficult time for the club and he has done a great job," said Freiburg chairman Fritz Keller.

"In the almost six years he spent in his role, we gained promotion to the Bundesliga in 2009 and next season will be our fifth consecutive in the top flight - longer than ever before.

"This is also down to Dirk Dufner and the club thanks him wholeheartedly for his efforts."

Dufner said: "It was always something special to work for this club.

"Freiburg is an amazingly-run club whom I will always have a special bond with."

The Bees won a dramatic last game at their Underhill ground on Saturday, with Jake Hyde scoring the decisive goal against Wycombe nine minutes from time.

But they almost threw victory away in the dying seconds when Tom Flanagan fouled Wycombe midfielder Bruno Andrade in the box, only for Graham Stack to save Joel Grant's penalty.

It means Barnet head to Northampton on Saturday a point outside the drop zone and with their destiny in their own hands.

But Davids said: "There is still a major job to complete.

"We have improved but if we make another mistake at Northampton then they will make us pay for it."

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