BOSS JOHN DEV­AS­TATED! Rovers­fears­fears for old club Bris­tol Rovers

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Da­gen­ham cham­pi­ons Scott Grif­fiths and Paul Benson, along with ex-League play­ers like Luke Gut­tridge, Pre­mier League young­sters Pelly Rud­dock Mpanzu, from West Ham, and Nor­wich loa­nee Cameron McGee­han, to break the back of the di­vi­sion.

“When I came into the club I felt there was de­jec­tion, but next sea­son is go­ing to be more ela­tion,” says Still.

“Our sup­port as it is now will be a mas­sive as­set to us in League Two.

“Play­ers are com­ing into sup- port that is up­beat and anx­ious to get be­hind them.The whole place has been up­lifted be­cause of the ef­forts of these play­ers.

“Once we got the sup­port and the play­ing side all on an even keel, we be­come a bet­ter team and a bet­ter club for it.

“The civic re­cep­tion on Sun­day was enor­mous. When you look around the ground and you look around Lu­ton as a town, ev­ery­one has got a smile on their face. A year ago it wasn’t quite like that.”

In the au­tumn of his ca­reer, Still knows he might not be around to over­see all of the Pre­mier League sig­na­to­ries’ rise to what he hopes will even­tu­ally see them re­turn to the sec­ond tier they last ex­pe­ri­enced in 2007.

Chal­lenge

“Af­ter eight years, I felt the time was right for me to leave Da­gen­ham, but it had to be for what I thought was a big chal­lenge,” says Still.

“I knew the re­sult of fail­ure and also the re­sult of suc­cess. It couldn’t have worked out any bet­ter.

“How­ever long I’m part of this jour­ney, I don’t know. But what I do know is that in years to come, if this club can keep pro­gress­ing, I want to be able to look back and say,‘You know what, I was there when that started’.

“That is the thing that gives me a buzz, be­cause I do ac­tu­ally think that the Lu­ton story has only just restarted.

“There are lots of good people be­hind it and grad­u­ally the club can rebuild it­self into what it thinks is its cor­rect level.”

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