Perform or else, says Daggers boss Burnett

10:39 17 April 2014

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett.Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett.Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett has fired a warning to his squad – perform in these final four games or you could be out of the door.

The Victoria Road chief witnessed his side put in what he described as their worst performance of the season in a 4-1 home defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday.

And the Daggers chief is after a reaction as he takes his side to Torquay on Good Friday, or some of them may not be hanging around come the summer.

“We need to find out who is ready to come and give it a go and wants to be in this team,” said Burnett.

“The performances over the final four games absolutely shape my mind.

“There will be players at this club, whether they are under contract or not under contract, that will not be here next season because I won’t allow it to happen to this club.

“The people who don’t put performances in and don’t understand or have what it takes to be a footballer at this club.”

Zavon Hines heads a list of seven players – along with goalkeepers Chris Lewington and Jordan Seabright, defenders Gavin Hoyte and Ian Gayle, strikers Chris Dickson and Afolabi Obafemi – who all are out of contact at the end of the season.

And while those contracts continue to run down, Burnett reveals discussions will wait until the end of the season before sitting down with all parties.

“Do they want to stay? I don’t know,” he added.

“We haven’t really sat down and discussed the ins and outs of it all. There may be one or two that I don’t want to stay, so it swings both ways.

“I think we will wait until the end of the season to decide. I don’t think there is any rush to do so. One of two things are going to happen. They are going to sign, or they are not.”

And while there are likely to be departures, Burnett has revealed he already has his eye on potential summer targets, though much will be dependant on who leaves Victoria Road.

“It’s inevitable that players are going to come and go, but that’s the industry we are in,” he added.

“We have looked at players to bring in. I am not going to give you positions because it would be unfair on those that are here, but we’ve certainly identified two or three and we know the areas where we need to strengthen. Hopefully we can do that in the summer.”

Burnett added: “I’ll sit down with the board and discuss what the budget requirements are, but depending on who stays and who goes, that will have an impact on who we keep and who we don’t.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Barking and Dagenham Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Barking and Dagenham Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Barking and Dagenham Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Barking and Dagenham Sports News

Yesterday, 13:00
Shooting hoops in Jim Peter Stadium, Dagenham, on Wednesday

With the Paralympics on the horizon, residents were able to find sporting inspiration on their own doorstep.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Dagenham & Redbridge centre back Luke Pennell (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers manager down to bare bones at back after defender ruled out for much of season

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Friendly: Bishop’s Stortford 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 5

Friday, July 22, 2016
Dagenham & Redbridge coach Darren Currie (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers face another friendly at Bishop’s Stortford less than 48 hours after beating Dunstable

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge goes on the charge at Thurrock

Friendly: Dunstable Town 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 5

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Elliot Justham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016-17 season

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Action from Dagenham & Redbridge's 5-0 win at Waltham Abbey (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Would-be investor watches Daggers’ clash with Abbots in company of current chairman Dave Bennett

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Barkingside manager Gus Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Side on the road after draw made for county competition

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All entrants can get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now