Daggers ready for the Sven factor!
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE get their first taste of the Sven factor this weekend when they travel to Notts County. County completed the most remarkable signing in their history during the summer, persuading former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (pictured
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE get their first taste of the 'Sven factor' this weekend when they travel to Notts County, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.
County completed the most remarkable signing in their history during the summer, persuading former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (pictured right), to become director of football at Meadow Lane.
It has certainly worked wonders as the Magpies have scored nine goals without reply, to sit on top of the table, before last night's (Tuesday) round of matches.
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Although they are clear favourites to take the League title, Still is backing his side to impose themselves on Saturday.
"It's a good game for us, we'll go there and be ourselves, we'll have no fears and will play our game our way," he said.
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"We'll attack and if it's our day then great, if it's not then we've got players who will learn from it, like they did against Cardiff."
The Magpies completely revamped their squad during the summer, after they were taken over by middle-east consortium Munto Finance.
Lee Hughes, Ben Davies and Karl Hawley all signed, while the latest to join was Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, for an undisclosed fee, that was thought to have broken the club's transfer record.
"Kasper Schmeichel, on a five-year contract, is a phenomenal deal for them," smiled Still, who believes that manager Ian McParland deserves plenty of credit for his side's fast start.
"You can learn from lots of people and Sven will have lots of ideas.
"I don't know what he does there, I don't know if he goes on the training ground, but put Sven to one side, the manager has got to be doing something right, they still have to be managed.
"But fair play to them, they've got some good players and they are going to be a threat, but isn't it great for us to be going to play them?"
Saturday's match might well come too early for striker Jon Nurse, who still hasn't fully recovered from the knock he picked up at Crewe Alexandra on the opening day.
"Jon took a blow on his knee, and although it has settled down, it's not quite right yet," confirmed the boss.
"We want to be careful there is no ligament damage, we don't think there is and he has trained this week, but not full out.
"He might be ready for this week, but we're not going to rush it as all my strikers are scoring goals, and after Saturday, we've got a week's break."
With the transfer window slamming shut in a little under two weeks time, Still will be desperate not to lose any more players, after having to rebuild his side over the summer.
Therefore, rumours linking midfielder Solomon Taiwo with a move to Cardiff City, after the Bluebirds beat Daggers 3-1 in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, will not be welcomed by the Daggers boss.
"Lot's of people look at players," he said. "Sol's a top player, and they may have mentioned something in passing, but I've not heard anything from them."