Former Juventus legend and current Barnet coach Edgar Davids has signaled that a return to Turin may be on the cards—albeit it in a very different position to what he became accustomed during his previous stint with the Turin giants.
In comments made on Tuttosport (via Goal.com) Davids revealed that he would very much like to take the helm of Juventus one day saying:
"Conte is a good coach, but I would steal his place on the bench
If Juve called, I would say yes. It is a lot easier to manage at a big club rather than at a smaller one. Look at Frank Rijkaard. At Sparta Rotterdam he was disastrous, and then went to Barca and won everything.
Conte was the same. What did he do at Atalanta? Nothing, now he is doing well.”
Although the comments won't change Juve's mind about their current head coach, they could prove the catalyst to bring Davids across in some sort of coaching capacity—even if it isn't in the head coaching role.
With former teammate Pavel Nedved currently occupying a position on the Juventus board of directors and Antonio Conte serving as coach, Davids would certainly not be the first ex-legend to take on a non-playing role. With Juventus beginning to truly re-establish themselves as a super power in Europe, what better way to inspire the current generation than with a former UEFA Champions League winner (with Ajax 1994-95).
During his seven years at Juventus (1997-2004), Davids appeared in black and white 159 times. He won three Serie A titles with Juventus, two Supercoppa Italianas and the UEFA Intertoto Cup. On the 11 of October 2012 he took on the role of player-manager at Barnet and is still with the club today.