Darren Currie is to take “temporary charge” of Barnet following John Still’s decision to retire from management.

The now former Bees boss steps down after more than 40 years at the helm of clubs, but will be remaining at the Hive as head of football having overseen the reshaping of the club since returning for a second spell.

The 68-year-old three-time National League title winner with Maidstone United, Luton Town and Dagenham & Redbridge told the club website: “I have managed in over 2,000 matches and had a fantastic time in the game to date.

"I look forward to embracing my new role and supporting my young protégé Darren Currie in his growth as a coach."

Chairman Tony Kleanthous added “Recovering from relegation from the EFL was always going to be difficult and we needed an experienced head to guide us through the turbulent summer.

"John’s record in the National League is second to none and having steadied the ship, we are now in good shape to push forward in 2019.

"I look forward to continuing our working relationship as he develops the technical structure of the club.”

First team coach Currie’s first game in the hot seat comes, ironically, at the Daggers tomorrow as the Bees seek to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat at Boreham Wood on Boxing Day.