Second thoughts, Edgar Barnet soundly beaten as Davids makes dugout debut
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
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
‘I was also impressed
by the talent walking around and I was wondering how they were
‘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
‘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 future's bright, the future's orange! Davids hopes to start a career in management