Former Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids joins Barnet in player-coaching role

Edgar Davids: Back in English football in a player-coaching role at Barnet

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Former Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona midfielder Edgar Davids has taken up a player-coaching role with Barnet.

The 39-year-old, who has been out of football since a brief playing stint with Crystal Palace in 2010, has been named joint head coach of the League Two side alongside current boss Mark Robson.

Robson is welcoming the opportunity to work alongside the 74-times capped Holland international and UEFA Champions League winner.

"I am happy to explore my possibilities and share my knowledge and experience with Barnet Football Club. I am very excited about the challenge ahead."

Edgar 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."

Davids has a tough task on his hands with the Bees as they are currently the bottom club in the Football League with three points from 11 games after only surviving on the final day of last season.

But London-based Davids, who also had spell at Tottenham, AC Milan and Inter, is excited to be joining the team he described on Twitter as his "local football club".

Davids told the club's official 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."

Director of football Paul Fairclough added: "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."

The iconic Dutchman will train with the squad for the first time on Friday and could make his debut within a fortnight.