Despite the relatively impressive start this season from the Daggers it would appear that their are rumblings of discontent that could threaten to derail their promotion push before it’s underway.
The Daggers are the only team that Lincoln have failed to beat away from home this season and in that clash they looked as composed and able as anyone else in our league. However all is not well in East London.
Just 1312 turned up to watch the recently relegated Daggers lose at home to Boreham Wood last week. During this weeks 5-2 win at Solihull fans were heard to protest against a planned takeover of the club by businessman Glenn Tamplin. Still clearly feels it is affecting his side and he let rip in his post match interview.
“That negativity is detrimental to what we are trying to do, detrimental to my job, detrimental to my staff’s jobs and detrimental to the players. It’s negative. I want the supporters to support us during the game.
“It really hurts me. If we get that again on Tuesday I’m going to be dead honest and say I don’t know if this is the club for me anymore.”
Tuesday will be a massive six pointer for Dagenham against fellow promotion hopefuls Dover and despite the excellent win on Saturday the situation is unlikely to change.
The club has been up for sale for months and yet the supporters are not seeing any positive results from these talks. The longer board upheaval drags on the more likely it is to affect their push for an immediate return to the football league.
John Still is a vital component of any push to get out of the National League. The former Lincoln coach took Dagenham all the way from non league to league one during his first spell in charge, then moved to Luton where he achieved another promotion. It was widely believed he would be an integral part of any promotion aspirations Dagenham have this season. However with the fans and the board at loggerheads it could be that John Still won’t be there to oversee their great escape.
With a Rocky Miller inspired Dover to visit on Tuesday a negative result could set the fans off again, and that is exactly what Dagenham do not need right now.