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One year on and Daggers boss Wayne Burnett targets further improvement

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett has been in the job a year. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett has been in the job a year. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
5:50 PM

It’s a year to the day that Wayne Burnett was given the Daggers managerial reins and though he’s content with how it’s gone, he feels there’s much more room for improvement.

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The Victoria Road side just managed to stay in the Football League last season in a tough baptism of fire for 42-year-old Burnett following John Still’s departure to Luton Town.

But given the time over the summer to bring in his players, things have certainly looked brighter with the Daggers in 13th spot in the League Two table going into Saturday’s home game with Mansfield Town.

And though the form has slipped over the last month or so, Burnett believes there is more to come from his young side.

“We were odds-on favourites to go down, but all I’ll say is that we’ve done okay,” said Burnett.

“We haven’t achieved anything yet and we have all been disappointed by our performances over the last four to six weeks. There is still some way to go, but the boys are buying into what we are trying to do and that has to continue.”

He added: “You’ll never stop learning with every day that passes and I think in 10-20-30 years time if I am still in the game I’ll still be learning.

“You get that little bit wiser all the time. No two days are the same and that’s a good thing about the job.”

And though it has only been a year, Burnett already finds himself as the 44th longest-serving English Football League manager.

The Daggers chief described that as ‘crazy’ statistic, but admits most clubs seem content to look at the short-term fixes, rather than the bigger picture.

“That just shows you the job that we are in,” he added. “In this industry you can get the sack after two or three bad results and that’s the madness of this situation.

“The good thing about this club is that there is continuity and that’s evident. You have to give people more time at a club to build a culture and philosophy. You can’t build that up overnight.

“It probably does work on a short-term basis but I’ll leave here when I get sacked or move on and there will be a model. When John Stil left he had created a model for the group and it’s not had to change too much.

“You look at Swansea and all right Dagenham might never make it to the Premier League but you look at the philosophy they have built up there. You need continuity and you don’t get that by swapping managers all the time.”

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