Edgar Davids showed up last week as an assistant coach at Telstar. The former Orange international thinks he can learn a lot in Velsen-Zuid from head coach Andries Jonker.
"We were both allowed to learn from Louis van Gaal", said Davids on Wednesday before his first training at Telstar as an assistant against FOX Sports and AD, among others . "He (Jonker, ed.) Loves top sport and always wants to win, that creates a bond. His vision appeals to me."
Under Jonker, Davids makes his return to the training profession. A short internship at FC Twente in 2015 was the last time he worked in football, having been a player coach at Barnet FC in England from 2012 to 2014. 47-year-old Davids hopes to develop further as a trainer under Jonker ten years older.
"I can learn so much from him. He has been with Barcelona, he has been with Bayern Munich, so he understands the coaching profession", Davids praised Jonker, who was also in charge at FC Volendam, Willem II and VfL Wolfsburg and was head of youth academy at Arsenal.
Edgar Davids during his first training as an assistant coach at Telstar. Right head coach Andries Jonker. (Photo: Pro Shots)
'Van Gaal would be a good successor for Koeman'
While Davids starts at the bottom of the ladder as an assistant at Telstar, the highest vacancy for a coach in the Netherlands was released on Wednesday after Ronald Koeman exchanged Orange for FC Barcelona. According to Davids, Koeman will be extremely difficult to replace.
"Koeman has done exceptionally, it is now very difficult to succeed him. He has proven that he was the right man for the Dutch national team. I think the KNVB is now in a bag."
For the position of national coach, Davids has not yet in mind, although he calls it a "certainly good" prospect. Davids would rather put forward his old coach Van Gaal, with whom he himself worked at Orange during Van Gaal's first period as national coach.
"If he wanted to and everyone agrees, why not? He did well at the 2014 World Cup, he got the most out of it."