Burnett won’t quit as Daggers boss after Rovers loss sees them hit bottom
09:30 20 December 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager says his future lies in board’s hands, not his
Wayne Burnett has vowed to fight on as Dagenham & Redbridge manager despite seeing the team slip to the bottom of League Two, a position they will occupy over Christmas.
Daggers prop up the entire Football League following a 3-0 loss at home to Bristol Rovers, with Lee Brown opening the scoring in the 33rd minute with a well-worked free kick routine.
The Pirates doubled up eight minutes from time when Rory Gaffney rounded off a quick counter attack while Billy Bodin completed the resounding win in stoppage time.
Defeat means Dagenham are now two points adrift of safety at the bottom of League Two with just two wins from 22 games so far this season, but Burnett insists he will not be resigning from his position.
“You’re asking the wrong person that question, you need to ask the board about my future,” said the Daggers boss.
“I’ve never quit in anything I’ve done. If the board decide they want to sack me, that’s out of my hands. I can’t control that.”
Burnett was forced to make six changes for the loss against Rovers which came less than 72 hours after a taxing win in the FA Cup at Whitehawk on Wednesday.
Only Mark Cousins, Justin Hoyte, Ayo Obileye, Josh Passley and Joss Labadie kept their places from the extra time win at the Enclosed Ground.
But Burnett does not believe those that came in against the Pirates did not give it everything, instead suggesting they needed to be more intelligent with their decision making.
“I think they’re all trying, they’re all having a go. I told them they’re going to know if they’re giving the team everything, and they all said that they have done that, but we came up short,” he added.
“I don’t think it’s not working hard enough, it’s not working smart enough. Their second goal, he’s run off run of our player and their third goal, we haven’t got tight enough.
“That’s not working smart, that’s not getting tight and focussing. We knew it was going to be a tough game because we had to make changes after the intensity and difficulty of the game at Whitehawk.
“That gave us a bit less rest than usual, hence why we made changes, but the people who came in have to do better. We had a chance first half when we kicked it straight into their goalkeepers’ hands.
“It’s about fine margins, but is it good enough? Of course it’s not, we’ve been beaten again. We haven’t won at home yet so it’s a tough pill to swallow.”