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Still`s The Man For Barnet

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Barnet, relegated back to the Vanarama National League at the end of the 2017/18 season, have announced the appointment of John Still as their new manager on a two-year contract.

With a managerial career spanning over four decades, Still returns to the Bees for a second spell after leaving Dagenham & Redbridge, and will be looking to guide Barnet back to the EFL at the first attempt.

He has overseen three promotions into the Football League with Dagenham & Redbridge, Maidstone United and Luton Town as well as bringing unprecedented success to several non-League outfits.

Winning the Isthmian League with the newly-merged Leytonstone & Ilford in 1982 was one of his first achievements in management, shortly after taking his first job. It was also the club’s first title.

Still then won the Southern League with Dartford and after a brief return to Leytonstone & Ilford, he took charge of Maidstone, guiding them to the Conference title and promotion to the Football League in 1989.

Still, when appointed in 1997, took Barnet into the Division Three play-offs on two occasions.

His third spell at Dagenham began in April 2004 and he led the Daggers into the Football League for the first time two years later, winning the Conference title.

Dagenham would go one better in 2010 as they were promoted to League One under Still’s tutelage following play-off success over Rotherham United at Wembley.

He took over the reins at Kenilworth Road in 2013 and in his first full season he won the Conference title, ending the Hatters five-year exile from the Football League.

Chairman Tony Kleanthous told the club`s official website: “After the debacle of last season, I decided that we needed someone who would bring stability and experience to the football management side of the club.

“The more we researched who would be the best candidate, the more the same name kept coming back.

“John knows the division better than any other manager and has won promotion from this division more times than any other manager.

“His remit is to run the football side from top to bottom and I am pleased to welcome him here and to once again work with him”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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