‘The Pitbull’ joins Barnet

Barnet coach Edgar Davids

League Two Barnet have signed former Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids as joint head coach with an option to resurrect his playing career.

The 39-year-old shone on the world stage representing the likes of Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona, as well as stints in England with Tottenham and Crystal Palace.

Davids joins the Football League’s bottom club, who narrowly avoided relegation last season to team up with current boss Mark Robson.

Davids tweeted: “Happy to say I will join my local football club Barnet as player/coach.”

Barnet have yet to win a league game this season and have only acquired three points from their opening 11 games.

Paul Fairclough, the Bees director of football told the BBC, “The capture of David’s 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 young players.”

Robson took control of Barnet back in June after replacing Martin Allen, whose short term contract expired after the Bees stayed up on the last day of the season.

“I am delighted to welcome Edgar to our club. His experience as a player throughout his illustrious career will be a massive benefit to our players and I look forward to forming a strong partnership with him,” Robson told the Telegraph.

Davids had a glittering career which saw him win a vast amount of silverware, including one Champions league title, one Uefa Cup, three Serie A title and an Eredevisie win.

Davids initially retired in 2008 when his contract at Ajax expired, but came out of retirement in 2010 to play six games for Crystal Palace.

“I’m happy to explore my possibilities and share my knowledge with Barnet,” he told the BBC.

“I am very excited about the challenge ahead.”