Former Gillingham boss Mark Stimson admits he is desperate for a return to football management after almost seven months out of the game.

Stimson, who left Priestfield in May, 2010, took over at Barnet the following month, but was sacked by the north London club on New Year’s Day after a string of poor results.

He accepted a coaching role at Dagenham & Redbridge towards the end of last season – and was at their pre-season game at Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night – but admits it doesn’t quite give him the same buzz.

“I’d much rather be involved as the manager, but it’s the next best thing,” he said. “It’s just to stay in the game and hopefully when an opportunity comes up, I can get back in.

“No jobs are available at the moment, but I’m sure at the start of the season there will be managers sacked, like I was, and then it’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time. I’m not fussed where it is. I’ve been in the League and non-league and enjoyed it, so I’m up for any challenge.

“I still talk to a couple of boys at Gillingham and seeing the signings they’ve already made, I’m sure they’re going to be a really strong force.”

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