Barnet goalkeeper Graham Stack says he would love to become the Bees manager in the future

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Graham Stack says he would love to manage Barnet one day but admits it is currently more important for him to help the Bees on the pitch rather than in the dugout.

The club are searching for a new boss after Edgar Davids resigned by mutual agreement at the weekend.

Stack watched on from the sidelines during last night’s 3-1 defeat against Aldershot Town as he continues to recover from a calf injury.

While the 32-year-old is keen to go into management, he accepts Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous will be “flooded with applicants with far more experience”.

He continued: “I’d love to be a manager one day and I’d love to be a manager at Barnet given what the club has got going for it.

“At this moment in time I think it is more important for me to get myself fit, get myself playing and try to help us climb the table with my involvement on the pitch and not in the dugout.

“But I am qualified to coach and manage at this level. I’ve got my B license and my goalkeeping A and B licence, so I have put myself in a position to be able to take on a job such as this.”

He added: “I have been very fortunate to have worked with Arsene Wenger, Mick McCarthy and Dennis Wise to name a few – I have been at a lot of clubs to be fair.

“So we will wait and see, maybe one day.”

Stack is one of the most experienced players in what is a young Barnet squad. He says he has no qualms about who the Bees bring in to replace Davids and that the most important thing is to make sure the club return to the Football League.

There was a mixed reaction from supporters over Davids’ departure with some pleased and others disappointed.

Stack, who is likely to miss this weekend’s game against Southport, believes the former Juventus star had a big influence at the club buts admits the Bees’ poor form ultimately proved costly.

He said: “I am disappointed because I had a good working relationship with Edgar. I thought he brought a hell of a lot to the club when he arrived and I think he improved the group on a technical level.

“If I ever went into management there are things I would pick from his style. His style, mentality and philosophy on winning was the be all and end all and I think that is something that made him a huge success as a player.

“Unfortunately I didn’t quite work out for him here as a manager but everyone  is grateful for the time and effort he put in.

“Everyone wishes him well but football is a results business. With us sitting tenth in the table and losing four in our last five, you tend to think there made need to be a change.

“That is how the chairman felt and I think Edgar felt that was the right thing to do.”

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