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Daggers

News Update
by Hardy on 29/05/2018

With lots going on at the Daggers at the moment, here is a brief update on events since the end of the season.

News update

With lots going on at the Daggers at the moment, here is a brief update on events since the end of the season.

Still departs

A brief summary of the Supporters meeting held at the club on the 17th May 2018 is here.

At this meeting it was announced that John Still would be departing as his was the largest salary on the books. Despite him being odds on favourite at that time for the Barnet job, he spoke about his love for the Daggers etc., and told people after the formal meeting that he had nothing specific lined up.

Then it was announced first thing the next day that he had taken the job at Barnet!

John will remain a Daggers legend, but deserting the ship again like this leaves a slight bad taste. The Daggers have helped make John's legend, and he has repeatedly waxed lyrical about it being "his club", however this is the second time now he has left when the going has got tough.

All the same, we wish John good luck for the future (but not too much, it is Barnet!)

Who next?

Also at the meeting it was made clear that the job would be offered to Darren Currie first up, however he opted not to take this and has since left the club, along with Junior Lewis, leaving under the catch all term "mutual consent". Darren in particular was a long time member of the team and we wish him all the best also going forward (and fully expect to see him at Barnet shortly.)

With funding for the Academy now finished two years after relegation, this has been scaled back to a scholar relationship with Barking College. As a result Micah Hyde has also moved on. This is a blow as he was building significant momentum with the Academy, highlighted by a run to the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup this season, and the appearance of several talented youngsters in the first team squad.

The club issued a statement regarding these moves on Monday 28th May which can be read here

The role of manager has been publicly advertised and DiggerDagger understands that there have been at least 70 applicants. No doubt some of these are the usual "I took Staines Town to the Champions League final on Football Manager" characters, but we also hear that there are several very decent candidates on the list.

Applications close today, 30th May.

Player news

The club issued it's retained list on Friday 25th May in a statement here.

While the list of those kept on will form the core of a decent squad for 2018/19, provided they are not sold on during the close season, several long term and much loved names depart the club.

Mark Cousins, who was the player of the year and had an excellent season between the sticks, will be a big loss, as will long time fans favourite Luke Howell. Jake Howells also departs having finally begun to win the Daggers faithful round towards the end of the season. Mason Bloomfield completes his move to Norwich City, while Bonds N'Gala has left under "mutual consent".

On the positive side, Elliot Bonds, graduate of the Academy has signed, and the club has retained Tyrique Hyde and Luke Pennell, while Ellott Romain returns from loan.

Dave Simpson

The most bizarre piece of news to come out of the club is the departure of the Full Members Board representative, Dave Simpson which was announced in a joint statement from the Football Club and the Full Members Committee on Tuesday 22nd May and can be found here.

Having known Dave for close on 20 years as a friend and had him as a regular collaborator on this website, where he provided most of the photos thoughout it's heyday, this was disappointing and sad news.

Looking further in to this though, the reason for his departure becomes more clear.

Simmo, as everyone knows him, was named by the owner of the NK flag, which was the first of those the caused the issues at the start of last season, as the source of the famous "fake email" in a statement on Facebook and at the Daggers Forum following a meeting with the board in April.

At the time, this seemed unlikely, however It appears that this statement is correct and the photograph of the faked email taken at the Woking away game by the flag owners was it being shown to them in the hands of Dave Simpson.

This only came to light after the meeting with the to discuss the email with the flag owners at which both supporters had their bans frm the club confirmed. Simpson was in that meeting and refused to take any responsibility.

Subsequently the flag owners sent the club a recording of a telephone call made prior to that meeting in which it is clear that their original source is in fact Simpson. From this point it became inevitable that he had to step down from the board.

Many will recall the extremely fractious Fans Forum on the 15th March 2018 at which the email saga was discussed at length, and that Simpson was sat on the top table that night and let the club rip itself apart.

We understand that the flag owners were told by Simpson that the email came from a confidential source at Maidstone United. This has been subsequently checked back with the person the fake is addressed to and confirmed not to be the case.

Simpson has since confirmed to the board that the Maidstone story is not true, but that he did not fake the email himself, it came to him from a Daggers supporter he named as Paul Johnson.

This is a name that does not appear on any club records as a member, season ticket holder, occasional ticket purchaser, or member of the Supporters Club.

Quite how someone who was therefore an unknown outsider got the original to amend it is a mystery worthy of Scooby Doo... or another fabrication of course to protect the real culprit.

Does anyone know who this mystery man is?

It has also emerged that the Supporters Club committee were aware of the fake email for almost two weeks prior to it being handed to Glyn Hopkin. They chose to not pass it to the board though. This does throw their alleged "surprise" that it was handed over to him after the Wrexham game into some doubt.

This whole mess would be worthy of a TV comedy script if the results had not been so dire for the football club.

DiggerDagger.com offered Dave Simpson a chance to comment on the points made above ahead of publication, but he did not respond.


 

 

 

 

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