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Edgar Davids signs for Barnet

The career of Dutch star Edgar Davids has included spells at Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Milan, in addition to World Cups and European Championships. Now Davids is taking on a new challenge . . . at Barnet in Division 2.

The 39 year-old star will share the head coach’s job with Mark Robson and may also play for the club. Robson was quick to welcome the arrival of the famous name. "I am delighted to welcome Edgar to our club," he said on the club website. "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, who lives in the area after finishing his playing career at Crystal Palace in 2010, tweeted: "Happy to say I will join my local football club Barnet FC as a player/coach."

It will be a tricky task. Barnet lie bottom of the division and are without a win this season. Chairman Tony Kleanthous believes that the arrival of Davids could mark a change in the club’s fortunes. "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Edgar as part of our exciting set up at Barnet FC," he said. "We have world class training facilities that are now attracting world class players and I feel, despite recent results, that these are exciting times ahead for our club."

Barnet's ground at Underhill will certain offer a contrast to Davids’s previous home grounds at the Nou Camp, San Siro and Amsterdam Arena.

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