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Edgar Davids watches Barnet lose 5-1 to Plymouth Argyle at Underhill

Second thoughts, Edgar Barnet soundly beaten as Davids makes dugout debut

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 13 October 2012

Holland legend Edgar Davids' first job on matchday was to greet the Barnet mascot – a giant furry Bee called Mr Bumble – as he began life in his new role as player-co-head coach.

That was probably the highlight for the former Holland international who watched the north London club soundly beaten at home by Plymouth Argyle.

Argyle took the lead after just two minutes and ran out 4-1 victors at Underhill, leaving the Bees cut adrift by five points at the bottom of nPower League Two.

Buzz off! Barnet mascot Mr Bumble greets the new face at Underhill

Buzz off! Barnet mascot Mr Bumble greets the new face at Underhill

Davids has taken the role as part of his
grand plan to enter management, but was not on the team sheet, despite
his insistence that his playing days are not over. Just yet.

Davids, who has won 74 international caps
and the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, has joined the club tasked with helping improve a run which sees them ensconced at the bottom of the Football League.

‘I got contacted and invited to the
facility and I was really impressed,’ he said following his first day of training with the club on Friday.

All change Barnet went behind after just two minutes of the match

All change Barnet went behind after just two minutes of the match

All change Barnet went behind after just two minutes of the match

‘I was also impressed
by the talent walking around and I was wondering how they were
under-achieving.

‘I am doing my coaching badges in the
Netherlands so from that perspective it is a great opportunity to start
an adventure. I can learn from Mark how things are done because he has
the Premier League under his belt. I don’t know all the answers to the
football questions.

‘We will have some fights but the
bottom line is to fight to get results. You don’t grow if you comply
together all the time. I believe strongly in putting cards on the table
and having your own opinion. One goal in mind is to get results with
Barnet and developing players.’

The only way is up: Argyle hammered four past hapless Barnet at Underhill

The only way is up: Argyle hammered four past hapless Barnet at Underhill

The future's bright, the future's orange! Davids hopes to start a career in management

The future's bright, the future's orange! Davids hopes to start a career in management

The future's bright, the future's orange! Davids hopes to start a career in management

Edgar Davids takes part in Barnet training

Davids back in orange… but this is Barnet, not Holland! Legend starts life at League Two basement side

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UPDATED:

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

Listen up: Edgar Davids (third left) has joined Barnet as joint head coach

Edgar Davids

Edgar Davids

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.

Davids
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.'

Davids

Davids

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

Concentration: Davids is hoping Barnet can benefit from his experience

Davids

'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.

Edgar Davids during training

Edgar Davids with John Oster

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

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.

Arsenal"s Jon Toral gets horror injury in FA Youth Cup

Welcome to England! “New Cesc Fabregas” beaten black and blue in Arsenal”s youth team loss

Arsenal fans will hope “the new Cesc Fabregas” enjoys better days.

Much in expected of Jon Toral, who moved to the Premier League from Barcelona last the summer, sparking a war of words between the Spanish giants and the Gunners.

But however vicious his transfer tussle, nothing can compare with the shiner he was left sporting as his new club crashed out of the FA Youth Cup in the third round.

Ouch! Jon Toral was left with a swollen eye - and bruised ego - as Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup in the third round by Derby County

Ouch! Jon Toral was left with a swollen eye – and bruised ego – as Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup in the third round by Derby County

The 2009 winners were taken all the way to extra time by Derby County at Underhill, before the Rams, who had first-team player Mason Bennett in their ranks, snatched victory in dramatic circumstances.

And while Toral”s ego will be aching this morning from the defeat, so too will the 16-year-old”s left eye having picked up a nasty looking injury during the match.

Toral, who was featuring alongside another summer recruit Hector Bellerin, has already featured in the reserve team for the Gunners, despite many of the regulars at the level being several years older.

Big things: Toral is one of the club

Big things: Toral is one of the club”s most exciting young players having joined from Barcelona in the summer

The experience with older players has certainly helped. Toral, who”s mother is English, brushed off the giant bruise above his eye and played on until the very end.

So it seems the Spanish can do it on a cold winter”s night…

PS … but whether Toral would have reacted quite so bravely had his face come up like Oxford skipper John Carter, who suffered this shocking injury in the recent varsity rugby match.

Eye have a better one: John Carter took his own punishment in the recent varsity rugby match between Oxford and Cambridge at Twickenham

Eye have a better one: John Carter took his own punishment in the recent varsity rugby match between Oxford and Cambridge at Twickenham