Edgar Davids has had an extraordinary season. After originally being brought in to assist at Underhill for The Bees he has now found himself the player-manager of Barnet; League Two’s perennial strugglers.
The Dutch legend achieved many things as a player. With the likes of Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona he managed to accumulate 20 honours for his various teams throughout his 20 year career before falling in love with London during his time at Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.
But what would he be like as a manager was always going to be an interesting question; and an even more interesting transition.
He has done pretty well all things considered. Reportedly quite hard on his young side he has started to guide them away from Football League demotion with some good form in 2013.
All in all he is certainly doing better than many might have expected.
Although recently he has been fraternising with the top dogs at Everton FC.
After Phil Neville inadvertently offended Barnet fans by suggesting that Davids would ‘only have five or six balls to train with’ and would have to deal with canine distractions throughout training sessions Davids got back to the Everton captain.
As Neville was clearly unaware the facilities at The Hive training facility are some of the best in the football league and Davids was quick to invite Neville down to have a look; albeit tongue-in-cheek.
“I invited him down for the day on Twitter. It is just a little bit of banter. Everybody knows we have a great complex here at The Hive and I am sure his intentions were good. I hope he can make the trip down to North London to see how we are getting on and what we have here.”
Now however Davids has become even more involved with Everton; after praising their manager David Moyes.
“With regards to David Moyes, I think he does an excellent job, I have to say, I enjoy watching Everton play. I think it will be hard to do but they are having a great season and I hope they finish in a European spot. I think it would be a good way for them to finish the season.”
So is he pitching for a role at Goodison Park?
I would say no. The most refreshing thing about Davids’ stint at Barnet has been the genuine affinity he has quickly garnered for the North London club.
You can see how passionate he is about the fans, players and long-term future at the club in his interviews and when he stated that keeping Barnet up would be the greatest achievement of his long career; I do not doubt that for a second.
So maybe not right now but if Davids can keep up the good work he is doing in League Two who knows? He might just be a Premier League manager in the making.
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