John Still

John Still was appointed manager of Dagenham and Redbridge for his third spell in charge on 1st January 2016.

He was previously the manager of Luton Town, from 26th February 2013 until 17th December 2015.

Still has now led teams into the Football League three times during a long career that has seen him bring unprecedented success to non-league outfits.

Still accomplished the feat with Luton Town, Maidstone United and Dagenham and Redbridge.

Other achievements have included winning the Isthmian League with the newly-merged Leytonstone and Ilford in 1982 shortly after taking his first job in management. It was also the club's first title.

John then won the Southern League with Dartford. After a fleeting return to Leytonstone and Ilford, he took charge of Maidstone, guiding them to the Conference title and promotion to the League in 1989.

Still resigned soon afterwards, preferring not to go full-time, and joined newly-formed Redbridge Forest whom he lifted into the Conference by winning the Isthmian League for the second time.

He stayed on during the creation of Dagenham and Redbridge, as the two clubs merged, but left for a 14-month spell as boss of Peterborough United before moving - via Lincoln City - to Barnet in 1997.

Still took Barnet into the Division Three play-offs on two occasions. When Tony Cottee was appointed manager, he became director of football but was reinstated two years later after a slump in form. This was then followed by a spell as assistant manager with Bristol Rovers.

John's third spell at Dagenham began in April, 2004. After two years of steady progress, he led the Daggers into the Football League for the first time by landing the Conference title.

Under Still, the club became established at the higher level, narrowly missing out on a play-off place in 2009.

The following season, Still and Dagenham would go one better as the Daggers were promoted to League One, the third tier of English Football. Still guided the club to their highest ever finish in their history, by finishing seventh in League Two. In the play-offs they then beat Morecambe 7-2 on aggregate after a remarkable 6-0 first leg triumph. He went onto lead the team out at Wembley and a memorable season was complete, with a 3-2 win over Rotherham United.

He was later recognised for this success by being awarded the BBC London's Sports Personality of the Year (2010-11).

In his first full season at Kenilworth Road, Still ended Luton' s five-year exile from the Football League by winning the Skrill Premier title. This feat ensured that he became the only manager to have taken three different clubs to promotion out of non-League football.

West Ham-born John was a centre half with Bishop's Stortford, Ilford and Dagenham before he was forced into early retirement by injury and began coaching.

Before John joined Luton in February 2013, he was the 4th longest serving manager in English football.

Honours (4)
  • personal-awards
    • Luton Town:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (31/10/2014)
  • promotions
    • Luton Town:
      • Promotion to Sky Bet League Two, (2014-05-03)
    • Maidstone United:
      • Promotion to Football League Division Four, (1989-05-26)
    • Dartford:
      • Promotion to Alliance Premier, (1984-05-17)
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