Whatever his next move, Mark Warburton insists he wants to stay a manager and won't be going back to his old sporting director anywhere.
Warburton will leave the club at the end of the season after opting out of owner Matthew Benham's new structure of a head coach working under a sporting director calling the shots transfer-wise.
And while the Bees boss admits he could not work under Benham's new vision, he doesn't see why it can't work under someone else.
He said: “I absolutely only want to be a manager now. I've always liked working with players, and while being sporting director was a good education for me in terms of working with agents and learning the tricks of the trade, I was yearning to work with the players
“If I fail it's got to be on my own terms. I believe in a certain way, Matthew has a different view. He prefers the European model, and it is his club, so he will take it forward the best way he sees fit.
“I hope people will see there was just a differences in philosophies, but honesty is the key, and both parties have been honest throughout the whole process. I was disappointed we couldn't reconcile some differences, but there's some clarity now, and it's the only thing we have disagreed on.
“The club are moving up to a new level, and you have to give yourself every chance to succeed. I'm sure it will, and in five years you will have the answer, it's just not for me. Head coach is the title, but I'm not sure a title is that important. It's the role within it, how you implement the structure.”
With sporting director Frank McParland placed on gardening leave , Warburton will ironically have more say than ever over potential loan signings for the rest of the campaign.
He added: “I did the sporting director job for two years, so we're in good shape in that respect.”