Bill Williams thought he had little chance of talking John Still out of retirement, Kent Online report.

Maidstone’s chief executive spoke to Still after the 68-year-old called it a day at Barnet over Christmas.

A chance meeting followed and, to Williams’ delight, Still got back in touch and said he fancied rejoining the club he led to the Football League in 1989.

Williams and co-owners Terry Casey and Oliver Ash were happy with caretaker bosses Simon Walton and Tristan Lewis but the chance to appoint one of the most experienced names in the business was one they couldn’t turn down.

“No, is the honest answer,” said Williams, when asked if he thought it would be possible to bring Still back to Maidstone.

“I spoke to him when he retired but I thought he’d most probably go off to the Bahamas or Bermuda or wherever you go to put a bit of sun on yourself and relax for a few months.

“I spoke to him again – bumped into him by pure chance – and said you’ve got too much knowledge, too much experience, too much knowhow to pack up yet but have you still got that desire to want to do it?

“He said if the right project came along he might look at it, so that gave me an in.”

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