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Harris hopes to help Taylor be successful with Daggers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 19 July 2018

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor and assistant Terry Harris (Pic: Youcef Dahmani)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor and assistant Terry Harris (Pic: Youcef Dahmani)

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Harris returned to Daggers in summer after spell with Boreham Wood

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Terry Harris believes his previous experience of working with new boss Peter Taylor will help the Essex club no end this season.

After spending last term at National League rivals Boreham Wood, Harris returned to Daggers in the summer to assist Taylor, who took over at the helm following John Still’s departure in May.

Harris had previously worked under Still in the latter’s two most recent stints as Daggers boss, and was part of the backroom staff when the Victoria Road side won promotion to League One in 2010.

Though Daggers have been among the promotion contenders since returning to non-league football in 2016, expectations this season are lower given the club’s current financial predicament.

But with Harris having previously worked under Taylor in non-league football, the Daggers assistant manager has every faith the Essex club will shock some people this term.

“I’ve known Peter for a long, long time and worked with him for a number of years at Dartford,” he said.

“I know what he expects and wants and hopefully that leads to success. It’s going to be difficult and it’s going to be tough.

“We will have our good times and our bad times, but hopefully we can get the ball rolling again.”

Harris’ return to the Daggers backroom staff in June was greeted widely with delight among the Essex club’s supporter base.

As well as being on the backroom staff during the club’s most successful period, Harris also played for one of the team’s predecessor sides.

As a player, Harris enjoyed a successful spell with Dagenham FC and scored the club’s only goal in a 2-1 defeat to Scarborough in the 1977 FA Trophy final defeat at the old Wembley Stadium.

In his first interview since returning to Daggers which he gave to the club last month, Harris was beaming from ear to ear throughout.

And even when asked what it meant to be back after a 2-1 win over a West Ham United XI last Friday, that smile was still etched on his face and Harris will want to keep that grin in place over the course of the season.

“It’s a club that’s very close to my heart. It always has been and it always will be,” he added.

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