Not just one managerial appointment today, but two. League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge have appointed John Still as their 'new' manager, replacing Wayne Burnett in the job. In an odd twist, Burnett was the man who replaced Still when he departed for Luton Town in 2013 - with both being fired within four days of each other, Still became the obvious choice for Daggers to turn to, with the obvious aim of trying to steer them away from the League Two relegation zone, with the Essex side immediately above Yeovil Town in the League Two table.
Still has got a total of 22 years worth of management history with Dagenham and Redbridge and their predecessors, across four separate spells. He was Dagenham's manager between 1992 and 1994 and then from 2004 to 2013, with the latter spell seeing them move from the Conference division into League One. However, he was also the club's manager when they were known as Redbridge Forest between 1989 and 1992 up until their name change, and was also in charge in 1986 of Leytonstone and Ilford and of Leytonstone from 1976 until 1983, who merged with Ilford in 1979 and ultimately became part of the Dagenham and Redbridge club that stands today. Going back to the 1970s he was also a player for both Leytonstone and the unmerged Dagenham club. As he points out, the 65 year old is returning to a club which he has been an on-off part of now for 50 years:
"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."
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