GENIUS OF JOHN WILL SEE LUTON THRIVE
WHEN John Still left Dagenham to sip from the poisoned chalice at Luton Town, it seemed the height of madness.
The 63-year-old had a job for life with the Daggers, the club he’d led from the Conference to League One in nearly a decade at the helm. He was secure, loved by fans and lived just down the road from the Vic.
Luton, on the other hand, had been through five managers in as many years, each one having failed to win over a Kenilworth Road crowd still seething with frustration and bitterness at the Hatters’ descent into NonLeague.
But, as with the rough diamonds he plucks from the parks of East London, Still’s judgment was spot on. A year down the line, Luton have stormed clear at the Conference summit. By the time you read this, they could be champions.
And unlike Dagenham, they will tackle the fourth tier with the biggest crowds in the division, Championship potential and a top-six budget.
Still saw that, of course. And he also knew that no manager in the business could rival his knowledge of London’s lower leagues, nor his intuition for sensing talent.
That’s why he has succeeded where so many failed. And why, next season, Luton will be THE team to beat in League Two.
POTENTIAL: John Still