Dagenham & Redbridge have confirmed that John Still has returned to the club as their new first-team manager. He has signed a contract until the end of next season, it what is his third spell as manager of the football club.
The 65-year-old recently left his role with Luton Town, but quickly finds himself back in management and also back in League Two. He takes over the Daggers with them situated inside the relegation places, although they are level on points with 22nd placed York City. Only Yeovil Town are below them, but Still will be hoping to jump out of the bottom two with a victory against Exeter City this weekend.
Speaking to the official club website, Still couldn’t hide his delight at returning to a football club which he clearly holds a strong affinity with,
“I’m delighted. The club has been important to me since I was 15 years old. 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 takes over from Wayne Burnett, who was recently sacked from the managerial hot-seat at the club. Although Still’s first game of his third spell is away to Exeter, it is hard not to be attracted to the FA Cup trip to Goodison Park to face Everton on 9th January 2016. His first home game on his return comes a week later, when they entertain promotion candidates Northampton Town.
In his second spell in charge, Still guided the club to two promotions, guiding them from the Conference up into League One. He left to join Luton and helped guide them back into the Football League as well. Club Chairman David Bennett insists that Still is ‘the right man to turn things around’ and that he is ‘absolutely delighted’ to welcome Still back to the club.