Dutchman also reportedly wants players to refer to him as ‘Mr. Davids’ on the pitch.
Barnet player-manager Edgar Davids has assigned himself the No.1 shirt ahead of the new season, and says he is “going to start this trend”.
The 40-year-old has been in charge of the club since December, but as they prepare for life in the Skrill Premier next season following their relegation from League Two, the Dutchman has gained publicity over his shirt number move.
The former Champions League winner who has played for the likes of Juventus, AC Milan and Barcelona during a glittering career over the past two decades has confirmed his intention to stay on at Barnet, and has worn his new number during their last two pre-season friendlies.
After wearing the No.1 shirt during Barnet’s 4-1 friendly defeat to MK Dons on Saturday, Davids told the Barnet Times that he made the decision himself over donning the number despite the odd nature of a midfielder being assigned what is ordinarily the goalkeeper’s choice.
“Yes, that is my number for the season. I am going to start this trend,” he told the Barnet Times.
Meanwhile, ‘keeper Graham Stack says he will wear the number 29 shirt next season and believes that it doesn’t really matter what number players wear, just as long as they are in the team and playing.
However, the curious nature of Davids has gone a step further with the Times reporting that he has asked his players to refer to him as “Mr. Davids” even when playing on the pitch as he looks to guide the club back into the Football League at the first time of asking.