Van Barneveld's manager hints at retirement U-turn
Raymond van Barneveld's manager has suggested the five-time world champion may yet reverse his decision to retire with immediate effect.
Van Barneveld had originally stated his intention to end his illustrious career after the 2019-20 PDC World Championship, but two heavy Premier League losses in Rotterdam this week forced a change of heart.
After he was thrashed 7-1 on successive nights by Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen to be eliminated from the competition, an emotional Van Barneveld said: "I don't have the energy to start from scratch again, I'm not good enough. I've made a decision - I'm done now."
However, later that evening, a post from the Dutchman's official Twitter account - apparently written by his manager, Jaco van Bodegom - hinted he may yet play on.
"Raymond had had a very tough 2 nights and in all his emotions he said he was gonne [sic] retire right away," read the post.
"I just spoke with him and we agreed it is better to take a couple of days to clear the mind and think about the future. I hope everyone understand [sic]. Kind Regards, Jaco van Bodegom."
Raymond had had a very tough 2 nights and in all his emotions he said he was gonne retire right away. I just spoke with him and we agreed it is better to take a couple of days to clear the mind and think about the future. I hope everyone understand. Kind Regards Jaco van Bodegom pic.twitter.com/jLYgUdAPD3— Raymond v Barneveld (@Raybar180) March 28, 2019