the daggers voice
After overcoming Whitehawk in midweek, albeit unconvincingly and after extra time, it was back to league duties in our last game before Christmas - a home encounter with Darrell Clarke's Bristol Rovers.
Pre-match, the Gas had accumulated 33 points upon their return to the Football League, putting them in eighth ahead of a trip to the team who endured two hours of football on a draining pitch just three days earlier. Together with the fact Daggers were still without a home victory all campaign, Rovers unsurprisingly emerged clear favourites.
Wayne Burnett must be wondering where it all went wrong for him. Just a year after masterminding another fantastic mid-table finish, following the previous campaign's ninth placed one, he is the latest manager to fall foul of modern day football.
Just three days earlier we saw another dismissal; Jose Mourinho scandalously axed from Chelsea despite winning the title the year before. The very same day John Still - the ex-Daggers manager who led Luton to the Conference title and to the football league - was also ousted for not living up to expectations, although Luton narrowly missed out on the playoffs last season. Both instances highlight the problems that plague football managers - controlled by the demanding, ruthless owners.
However, Burnett's sacking seemed particularly harsh. For three years he had to contend with limited resources amongst other problems, yet managed to record two brilliant finishes in the league. For a club of our stature, to finish ninth and fourteenth - above teams three times our size - is quite astonishing.
As Rory Gaffney wheeled away in celebration after dancing through the depleted Dagenham defence and slotting into the corner for Bristol Rovers second goal, tensions in the home end boiled over as a toxic atmosphere took hold.
Incensed fans wielding ''BURNETT OUT'' banners suddenly erupted in fury whilst chorusing the very words written on the paper signs, whilst also chanting 'sack the board' and singing the name of ex-chairman Dave Andrews.
A third Bristol Rovers goal did nothing to tame the wildly aggressive home supporters as the rage only increased. Finally the game was over but unfortunately things continued in the boardroom where another heated confrontation was reported.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.