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Still back as Dagenham & Redbridge manager

14:34 31 December 2015

John Still watched on as Dagenham lost 3-0 at home to Cambridge United on Boxing Day. He was also present to see Daggers beat Stevenage 3-1 on Monday (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

John Still watched on as Dagenham lost 3-0 at home to Cambridge United on Boxing Day. He was also present to see Daggers beat Stevenage 3-1 on Monday (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers appoint former boss as Burnett’s successor in bid to avoid relegation

John Still has returned for a third spell as Dagenham & Redbridge boss after agreeing an 18-month contract to take over at the relegation-threatened club from January 1.

Still previously managed Daggers between 1992 to 1994 and again from 2004 to 2013 when he was succeeded by Wayne Burnett who was sacked as manager earlier this month.

The new Dagenham boss has also been out of a job recently having left Luton Town by mutual consent just four days before Burnett’s departure from Victoria Road.

“The club has been important to me since I was 15 years old,” Still told the club’s website. “I’ve spent a lot of time here as a supporter, player and manager. We’re in a difficult position so it’s really important we can try and do some things that can keep us in the football league.

“It doesn’t feel weird to be back here to be honest. There’s no real changes. I’ve come back and it’s like putting on an old pair of slippers, they just fitted back in really. The staff and people around the ground are similar.

“There is no real settling in period now. It’s just a case of getting to know the players and trying to get results that are much needed.”

Still was extremely successful with the club in his second spell, guiding Daggers to the Conference National title in 2007 before taking the club into League One through the play-offs in 2010.

The former Barnet and Peterborough United manager was also renowned during his previous spell with the club for developing non-league talents, such as Dwight Gayle and Craig Mackail-Smith.

Despite leaving less than three years ago, no current member of the Dagenham squad has previously played under Still at the club and the new boss will have to find his best team fast to boost his bid to avoid the drop.

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