Davids back in orange… but this is Barnet, not Holland! Legend starts life at League Two basement side
13:49 GMT, 12 October 2012
Edgar Davids was all smiles as he took part in his first training session at The Hive as Barnet's new joint head coach on Friday.
The Dutch legend, who had spells with Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona, joined the Football League's bottom club on Thursday night and hopes to also feature as a player within two weeks.
Davids will link up with incumbent manager Mark Robson who has yet to taste victory after 13 games in charge.
Listen up: Edgar Davids (third left) has joined Barnet as joint head coach
On the ball: Davids is planning on appearing as a player for the club
The 39-year-old has been out of football since a brief playing stint with Crystal Palace in 2010.
told the club's website: 'I'm happy to explore my possibilities and
share my knowledge and experience with Barnet Football Club. I am very
excited about the challenge ahead.'
Tough competitor: Davids is ready to take the football league by storm
Davids first announced the news on Twitter, where he also stated his intention be part of the playing squad at Underhill.
He said: 'Happy to say I will join my local football club Barnet fc as a player/coach.'
Robson was relishing his partnership with Davids, who played 74 times for Holland.
Concentration: Davids is hoping Barnet can benefit from his experience
'I am delighted to welcome Edgar to our club,' said Robson. 'His experience as a player throughout his illustrious career will be a massive benefit to all our players and I look forward to forming a strong partnership with him.'
Barnet have struggled under Robson. They sit at the foot of the League Two table, with no wins and just three points from their 11 games this season.
In charge: Davids hopes to combine his coaching role with some playing time for Barnet
Robson was placed in charge of Barnet back in June, taking over from Martin Allen, whose short-term contract expired after the Bees stayed up on the last day of last season.
He was put in control of first-team matters as well as aiding the development of academy football at Barnet in what was described as a 'comprehensive transformation of the club's footballing strategy'.
Results have not followed, though, leading the club to turn to Davids.
High profile: Davids is an amazing capture for Barnet
Director of football Paul Fairclough said: 'The capture of Davids is a statement of intent by our club to improve results and lay further foundations for the future.
'Edgar is a world renowned footballer and will be a great example to all our young players.'
In a glittering career, Davids won a vast array of silverware including one Champions League title, one UEFA Cup, three Serie A crowns and three in the Dutch Eredivisie.
He first retired from football when his second stint at Ajax ended in 2008, but had a three-month spell at Palace in 2010.