John Still hails 'fantastic' job done by protégé
PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 April 2015
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Luton boss reflects on his Victoria Road return, discusses Wayne Burnett and being a Dagenham fan
Luton Town manager John Still has praised the job done by protégé Wayne Burnett since he replaced him as Dagenham & Redbridge boss.
Burnett has guided the Victoria Road club comfortably to safety this campaign, although around Christmas time that didn’t look likely and it seemed the club would be fighting relegation until the final day of the season.
And Still, who was in charge of Daggers for nine years and led them to League One, has watched the progress of his former assistant manager closely.
“We do talk daily,” said Still. “I recommended Wayne and he has done a fantastic job. I know he had it hard early on, but football is like that. It is up and down.
“I think Dagenham, in fairness to them as a club, don’t knee-jerk on managers and Dagenham will look at this year as a very satisfactory season.
“Wayne has done terrific over the last couple of months and every year Dagenham stay in the league it is fantastic.”
Still, who has been given the freedom of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the Borough of Luton, admits he still looks out for Daggers results because he is a fan.
He conceded he didn’t like having to face the club he achieved huge success with, but was pleased with the reception he got from the Victoria Road supporters.
“I wouldn’t have picked it,” added Still. “But I wouldn’t expect anything else from Dagenham people, who are fantastic. I was delighted with everything.
“Once the game starts you get away from the fact it is my first game back. You play the game and it is the before and after bit that I think is the big thing.”
Still added: “Football management is my job, but I got an opportunity to manage a team I used to watch with my Dad when I was 15. When West Ham were playing away, we used to come to Victoria Road.
“Dagenham has been a major part of my life and to achieve what we did here, and with the personal bit of the freedom of the Borough, was marvellous.
“To go and do it again at Luton is fantastic. I am Luton’s manager, but a Dagenham supporter. You ask a lot of people who they manage and it isn’t necessarily a team they support.
“Business is business and you have to do your best in your games, but I always look out for Dagenham.”