Football: Former Holland international Edgar Davids completed a surprise switch to Barnet today, saying that he hopes to do his bit to improve the English game while at the club propping up the Football League.
Davids, who has played for Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan, will work alongside Mark Robson as joint head coach and will also be available for a playing role.
The European Cup winner is studying for his coaching badges, but believes he already has plenty to offer Barnet, as well as English football generally. He said: “When I look at the English team and I see them play, I’m not a great fan.
“I know they have talent, but it’s not developing right now. It needs a lot of work.
“I played for Barcelona, for Ajax, where it’s important to develop and integrate young talent. In this country, they need to think about that. Invest in youth. I played street soccer, that’s where I started. If you look at South America, that’s why they have technical players.”
Davids claimed he had turned down lucrative offers to play in the Middle East and Asia, adding: “I am trying to help English football be more diverse.”
Barnet will hope Davids’s inception can prompt their first league win of the season tomorrow when they host Plymouth.
Cynics may argue that Robson’s days are now numbered, but Davids denied suggestions the Londoner could be forced out.
Davids said: “We could have already done that. So why wait? I believe Mark and I can pull it off. We will have some fights but the bottom line is to fight to get results.”