Dagenham & Redbridge: John Still steps down as Daggers manager
PUBLISHED: 22:06 17 May 2018
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68-year-old had been in second spell with National League outfit
John Still has confirmed he has resigned from his post as manager of National League side Dagenham & Redbridge.
The 68-year-old was in his second spell with Daggers, having rejoined the club in January 2016.
However, Still revealed at a meeting to update Daggers supporters on the club’s financial situation that he would be departing in order to help free up some cash.
Still told those at the meeting: “I’ve always tried to split John Still the supporter from John Still the manager. I have to try to find the right balance.
If what has happened this season hadn’t happened and if we were successful or not, I’d have finished managing.
I cannot finish on that, I have no control over that and would hate my last year management to have been this.
“If my last year wasn’t good or was good or whatever, that’s fine and I can live with that.
“When all this originated, since then I’ve had lots of opportunities from clubs in the Football League and the National League to leave Dagenham.
“I’ve told (managing director) Steve Thompson about this, but I said to all parties that until the situation at Dagenham is resolved, I wouldn’t leave as I wanted to try and help do all the things I can to make it attractive for someone to come in.
“Over the last couple of weeks, a club that I know very well has been on and on and on.
“I said that I wouldn’t talk to them until after this meeting and it was decided what way the club was going to go.
“Because of that, I said to the board a month or so again that I see people around me who are going to lose their jobs, staff that are valued, that I like and trust.
“I felt the right thing for me to do was to say the club needs money, so save some and I will step down as soon as I know what the club is doing.
“I can’t finish my career on this, so I will go somewhere else, but I’m never ever not going to be a Dagenham supporter.”
As yet, there is no word on who will replace Still, though Thompson did say there was a conversation to be had with assistant manager Darren Currie, who is currently out of the country, but did not specify whether those talks would involve the managerial position.
The meeting also saw Thompson offer fans assurances that Daggers would be in existence next season, having been in a financial crisis since benefactor Glyn Hopkin ceased funding the club.
Season tickets are now on sale for the club, while plans for donations to be accepted were also announced.
Daggers are still hoping to raise £150k, having received assurances that they would receive an injection of between £70-80k from an unnamed party.
Should Daggers achieve their aim of raising an additional £150k, the club’s Full and Life Members will be rewarded with an extra five per cent share of the club, taking them up to 31 per cent ownership.