Edgar Davids coaching at 2022 World Cup eight years after bonkers Barnet spell

Eight years after his bizarre spell as Barnet player-manager came to an end – Edgar Davids will be on the World Cup touchline as Netherlands assistant.

The Suriname-born former Netherlands international was one of the greatest players of his generation during notable spells with Ajax and Juventus – but didn't fare so well as a manager.

Davids, 49, was called back into international duty as assistant boss back in May after Louis van Gaal's third spell as manager was getting into full swing, a decade after his north London swansong.

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With his partner, Davids had been living in north London since his move to Crystal Palace in 2010 – linking up with the Barnet following a shock spell in Sunday league management.

The European football icon was then named the permanent manager of the League Two outfit in December of 2012 following a spell as joint boss with Mark Robson.

The former Ajax, Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Tottenham and Crystal Palace midfielder was also on the books as a player throughout, scoring his first goal two months after becoming sole boss.

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Following their relegation out of the Football League in 2013, he rather strangely handed himself the No.1 shirt in a bid to start a trend – then got sent off in three of their opening eight fixtures.

Davids also caused a stir by saying that that he wouldn't attend away games that required an overnight stay – eventually resigning from his post in January of 2014 with a record of 25 wins from 68 fixtures.

He has since had spells with Dutch Eerste Divisie club Telstar and Portuguese side S.C. Olhanense, the latter of which sacked him back in July of 2021 – before his current role.

Netherlands go into the tournament with high hopes despite missing out on qualification for the 2018 event before Van Gaal's return.

Davids is joined as assistant coach by former Netherlands boss Danny Blind, who was sacked in 2017, as well as goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek.

Having been placed in Group A with hosts Qatar as well as Ecuador and Senegal, they are captained by Virgil van Dijk and are unbeaten from eight games this calendar year.


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