The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

DA­GEN­HAM have ap­pointed Wayne Bur­nett as boss on a per­ma­nent ba­sis and he says that he is go­ing to make big changes at Vic­to­ria Road.

Bur­nett over­saw the Dag­gers’ run-in – af­ter for­mer boss John Still left his post in Fe­bru­ary af­ter nine years with the club to join Blue Square Bet Pre­mier League side Lu­ton Town – and guided them to safety in League Two.

But af­ter sign­ing a twoyear deal to re­main as boss, 41-year-old Bur­nett – who joined Da­gen­ham as Still’s as­sis­tant in 2009 – says he has his own foot­balling phi­los­o­phy.

“I’m absolutely de­lighted. It’s some­thing I al­ways wanted to do once I stopped play­ing and I’m re­ally ex­cited,” said for­mer Hud­der­s­field mid­fielder Bur­nett.

“You like to think you might get the chance, but I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it. I’m sure there would have been lots of oth­ers who put their name for­ward and I’m pleased to get the op­por­tu­nity.

“Our home form was hope­less, al­though our away form was a bit bet­ter, but our ob­jec­tive was to stay up and we did that – not in the man­ner or the fash­ion that I would have liked to have done but we reached our ob­jec­tive.

“The goal was to get to the mag­i­cal 51 points. They knew what was re­quired so that helped and I’ve had 12 games or so and they will know ex­actly what is re­quired from them for me next sea­son.

“I’ve got noth­ing but ad­mi­ra­tion for John Still, but he did things the way he did things and I’ll do things the way I do things.

“I was quite open about that, even when John was man­ager here. I’ll cer­tainly try to im­ple­ment a few new ideas.

“We all want to play like Barcelona or Bay­ern Mu­nich but ul­ti­mately it’s about win­ning football games, and we all have dif­fer­ent styles.

“I’ve made no se­cret that I want to get the ball down and pass it, but be­fore that hap­pens I want to win football matches or I won’t be in the job very long.”

NEW BOSS: Bur­nett

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