Dagenham & Redbridge: New Daggers manager excited for first game in charge against West Ham United

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:51 19 March 2018

A generic view of the A13 Steel Stand at Victoria Road, the home of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

A generic view of the A13 Steel Stand at Victoria Road, the home of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Estate agent Gary Singh won chance to manage Essex club in fundraising friendly against Premier League side Hammers

Gary Singh in a retro Dagenham & Redbridge kit (pic: Gary Singh)Gary Singh in a retro Dagenham & Redbridge kit (pic: Gary Singh)

Gary Singh is excited about managing Dagenham & Redbridge for the first time after winning an auction to take charge of the Daggers for their friendly against Premier League outfit West Ham United on Wednesday night.

The Victoria Road outfit welcome the Hammers in a bid to raise much-needed funds after former director Glyn Hopkin ceased funding the club.

As part of another initiative to raise money, Daggers offered the chance for one lucky bidder to become manager for the game through an auction.

Singh was the winning bidder and the 34-year-old, who was born in Barking, is looking forward to being a football manager for the day.

“It’s really exciting. It’s like (video games) Championship Manager or Football Manager come to life,” he said.

“Even though West Ham United are my team, I’ve always kept an eye out for Dagenham’s results and I have some of the old kits.

“If it was any other club, I probably would not have bid for it, but it’s good to support your local team.”

As a West Ham fan, Singh, who works as an estate agent, will no doubt relish the opportunity to test himself against current Hammers boss David Moyes.

However, the 34-year-old’s full focus on Wednesday will be on helping Daggers to a good result in the friendly.

As part of the experience, Singh will direct play from the technical area, something which he says he is looking forward to the most.

“I’m excited about being on the touchline for the game and I’ve been thinking about the match ever since I was told I was the winning bidder,” he added.

“I’ll like to think I’ll be quite calm from the touchline at the start of the match, but if Dagenham score a goal, my passion might come out!”

Singh says one of his earliest memories of Daggers was watching them lose the 1997 FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium against Woking, which was screened live on Sky Sports.

The estate agent will add another memory to that list on Wednesday when he leads Daggers out against West Ham.

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