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Friday, 22 February, 2002, 16:06 GMT
Still quits as Barnet boss
John Still
Still took over after Tony Cottee left the club
John Still has stepped down as manager of Barnet but will remain at the club as a board director.

A head coach will be appointed next week to succeed him.

Still joined the club in 1997 and twice guided Barnet to the play-offs, before becoming director of football when Tony Cottee became player-manager last season.

He took over the first team again when Cottee left the club.

Still announced his decicion before training on Friday, after local newspaper headlines said that he did not want to stay on as the boss.

"I have been at Barnet for years and am happy here," Still said.

"I am a director of the club, a role I decided I wanted to concentrate on last season".

Sudden departure

The club had been grooming Ian Culverhouse to take over from Still as manager, but he decided last month that he wanted to concentrate on coaching young players and left to join Leyton Orient in that capacity.

Still said that he made it clear when Cottee left that he did not want to manage the team again but would help out until a successor was identified.

That plan was upset by Culverhouse's sudden decision not to want a role with senior players but to revert to youth work.

The new head coach will be responsible for team selection, tactics and coaching but not player contracts and transfers.

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