Former boss John Still says Daggers will always be his club
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 August 2018
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John Still says Dagenham & Redbridge will always be his club despite leaving in the summer to join Barnet ahead of the new National League season, writes Jacob Ranson.
The 68-year-old has managed the Victoria Road-based club in 14 different seasons during stints at his beloved boyhood team.
Still has supported, played and managed at the club and revealed he will be supporting the Daggers once he retires from management despite getting abuse from their supporters at the Hive on Bank Holiday Monday.
“It’s my team and the crazy thing is when I pack up managing I’ll be standing or sitting amongst them because that’s my club and that’s who I support,” he said.
The former Luton Town boss also admitted he didn’t leave the club until it was decided by the club that it would be in their best interest.
“It was only on almost the last day before the big meeting with the club that I said ‘if you want me to go, if it’s in your interest, I’ll do it’,” he added.
“I had loads of offers, but I didn’t do anything until they told me I could go and it was decided that it was in the best interest for everyone that I went.
“That’s the way it was, but supporters don’t see that and I don’t see why they should see it. But some of the people that are shouting out haven’t been associated with the club for 50-odd years like I have supporter, player and manager.
“The language they use, not to me but the language used at any football club, has no place in football, but there you are.”
Still is backing his former club to come good under new manager Peter Taylor and admits he is always looking out for their results as soon as he finishes his duties as Barnet boss.
“They’ve got great spirit, they’ve got a terrific manager and a good backroom staff and I think they’ve only been beaten by the odd goal in all of their games, so experience might kick in soon,” he said.
“They got off to a great start, we got caught cold, but it was a good finish and I thought once we got into it we dominated possession, but they kept pushing on.
“Staff-wise you can’t get better and please believe this, after every game wherever I’ve been, the first result I ask is how Dagenham got on and everything in my mind other than my own job is on Dagenham doing well.”