Hackett: Daggers squad playing for future
15:00 01 January 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge coach calls on players to impress new boss as transfer window opens
Dagenham & Redbridge coach Warren Hackett has urged the squad to prove their worth with the January transfer window set to open.
Clubs up and down the country will be itching to add to their squad over the coming month and the Daggers will be no exception as they look to move away from the bottom of League Two.
John Still will be the man to guide Daggers through the window, having agreed to join the club for a third spell as manager earlier this week.
The new boss will be will want to assess his squad before making decisions on who stays and who goes in the bid to avoid the drop.
And with that in mind, Hackett, who had been in joint-caretaker charge with Darren Currie, has called on the squad to prove their worth in the coming weeks.
“Whether there was a new manager coming in or not, the boys’ futures are on the line,” said Hackett.
“We’re near the bottom of the Football League, there’s nowhere to go after this. If they can’t lift themselves regardless of who’s managing the club, then they’re in the wrong game.”
Daggers travel to Exeter City on Saturday looking for consecutive wins in the league for the first time this season having beaten Stevenage in their last outing on Monday.
The east Londoners were extremely impressive at Broadhall Way, with Still watching on, and it bore all the hallmarks of the way the 65-year-old likes to set his teams up.
And Hackett believes if Daggers can carry that performance and intensity into the weekend, they can start the new year as they mean to go on.
“We go into it off the back of an away win at Stevenage. We go away again to Exeter who are a good team,” he added.
“If we can show the desire and commitment that we did against Stevenage, there’s no reason why we can’t go and compete at Exeter.”