Edgar Davids interview in L'Equipe magazine Jan 2013
by Erik Bielderman, pictures Patrick Artinian
It's probably fair to say that Barnet fans young and old still have to pinch themselves from time to time when they look at the players on the pitch and see that one of them is Edgar Davids - the real Edgar Davids, the one who played for Juve and Ajax and Milan and pretty much every big club there is. And now he's a wearing a Black and Amber shirt.
Anyway, at the beginning of 2013 the French sports paper L'Equipe published a very interesting interview with Davids. We currently can't find the link to the page on the Equipe site - but Barnet FC tweeted images of the copy and we have tried - as best we can so apologies for any mistakes - to translate the words of wisdom. You'll find them below. (If anyone wants to suggest corrections or improvements to the translation - please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll rectify any errors).
Below is the Eqiupe article
The ex-Ajax, Juve and Barca midefielder is learning to "grow as a man" at Barnet, a League 2 club in North London. The Dutchman who earned 74 caps for his country is now both player and manager here.
"Just about everybody told me I was mad!" Edgar Davids
Two years after retiring, you take up football again to save League 2 Barnet from relegation. Is there something missing in your life?
I've been doing a lot of reevaluating. For the last two years I've been in a period of transition - accepting that my life as a footballer was coming to an end and starting a whole new life. Then three months ago Barnet asked me to come and help them out. They asked me to work alongside the coach (Mark Robson). They were lying last in the table with three points from twelve games. It didn't take long for us to get to a place where I'd be a player-coach. The perfect transition between my two lives.
So are we seeing the beginning of the career of Edgar Davids the manager?
I don't know. I'm testing myself out. I want to find out if I want to be a manager. If it's the right job for me. I've been thinking about it for two years. I've coached an amateur team (Sunday League) in Brixton. Run some Street Football events. Been an advisor. These were all things organised by London social services teams.
Is that why you chose to coach a team in Brixton - as it's a less advantaged area with a large Afro-Caribbean population?
No it's got nothing to do with where I come from. I just get the feeling that this melting pot throws up some talented youngsters. The "Street Football" tournaments and the Sunday morning leagues are great places for scouting. Sometimes it gets a bit messy out there but I always look for the roses not the thorns. And I used those weeks when I was coaching to help me with my revision for my coaching badges.