Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still has opted to leave the club.
The 68-year-old was in his third stint at the Daggers helm, having rejoined in January 2016. He had previously been in charge from 1192 to 1994, as well as leading them from 2004 to 2013.
At a meeting to update fans on the club’s financial situation, Still said that he would be leaving to help the club financially. In quotes posted by the Barking & Dagenham Post, he said:
“I’ve always tried to split John Still the supporter from John Still the manager. I have to try to find the right balance.
“If what has happened this season hadn’t happened and if we were successful or not, I’d have finished managing. I cannot finish on that, I have no control over that and would hate my last year management to have been this.
“If my last year wasn’t good or was good or whatever, that’s fine and I can live with that. When all this originated, since then I’ve had lots of opportunities from clubs in the Football League and the National League to leave Dagenham.
“I’ve told (managing director) Steve Thompson about this, but I said to all parties that until the situation at Dagenham is resolved, I wouldn’t leave as I wanted to try and help do all the things I can to make it attractive for someone to come in. Over the last couple of weeks, a club that I know very well has been on and on and on.
“I said that I wouldn’t talk to them until after this meeting and it was decided what way the club was going to go. Because of that, I said to the board a month or so again that I see people around me who are going to lose their jobs, staff that are valued, that I like and trust.
“I felt the right thing for me to do was to say the club needs money, so save some and I will step down as soon as I know what the club is doing. I can’t finish my career on this, so I will go somewhere else, but I’m never ever not going to be a Dagenham supporter.”
Still’s 42-year managerial career has also seen him in charge of Peterborough United, Barnet and Luton Town, amongst others.