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Dagenham & Redbridge part company with manager less than 24 hours before kick off

Dagenham & Redbridge part company with their manager Daryl McMahon around 24 hours before kick off for Saturday’s fixture.

There was a surprise for fans of the National League club on Friday night, announcing the decision at 9:50pm.

While the club look for a new manager, preparations continue for the game at Notts County, then the away trip at Maidenhead in midweek.


It is with great disappointment that the Club must announce that it has mutually agreed to part company with its manager, Daryl McMahon.

Daryl joined us in January 2020 with high hopes for the future. Unfortunately, his first tenure in charge was brought to an abrupt end after just two months because of the Covid lockdown.

The 2020/21 season was played behind closed doors and under severe restrictions, with the Daggers only managing to finish 12th.

Last season the club, under McMahon, continued to improve but could tantalisingly only just finish outside a play-off spot in 8th position, despite beating the long-time bookies favourite, Wrexham, 3-0 in the final game of the season.

This season the Daggers have been dogged by injuries and despite some great performances have failed to shine, but still lie in 10th position with 14 games to play and just five points off a play-off-place.

Nevertheless, following discussions between Daryl & the Board it has been agreed that this is the right time for a change.

The Club would like to thank Daryl for his extreme professionalism throughout his period with us, especially through the extreme circumstances that Covid brought, and wish him and his family every success for the future.

Steve Gritt and Dave Jupp will take charge of the team for our visit to Notts County tomorrow, Saturday, and until a replacement is appointed.

Here’s how fans reacted as Dagenham & Redbridge part company with their manager less than 24 hours before kick off…

@ruuders70: Right decision. Still feel for him, seems like a good guy with a young family and a bloke has to earn a living. Good luck Daryl

@AndrewRice121: Thank you for everything Daryl that you have for us at the daggers ⚔️🔵🔴

@joewxm1864: manager bounce tomorrow lads 💪💪💪

@markdstring1980: Praise the lord!!!

@therealbigsugar: Flying in November and December with winnable games in January and February and haven’t kicked on. Weird timing and can’t see who can get us to the next level with a rough March and April. Can’t see a name who will get us in the playoffs. Good luck to Daryl in the future

@50OUT1: The team was not progressing, so inconsistent best for everyone parting ways.

@RayleighDaggers: Good decision and should have been made sooner but good luck in the future Daryl.

@notepaddy: The best of luck for the future Daryl.

@s_bailey_1985: Good decision. Time to bring some unity back to the club. Can’t go wrong with bringing back some club legends for a run at it – calling @strevs12 and @AnwarU01 for joint managers. @Dag_RedFC @MemphisGM @SportsHoldings

@charliecapewel8: Very weird timing?

@DRFC112: Thank you for everything Daryl, has made fantastic progression with the team, all the best for the future. COME ON YOU FANTASTIC DAGGERS ⚔️⚔️

@tomhwilliams23: From a #Notts perspective this throws a lot up into the air tomorrow. From the reaction here it seems the right decision. Stagnation and a repeated cycle meant it was time for change

@ProgressiveAJ: Needed to have gone a while back. Nothing against him but he was bringing no improvement to the team and it’s been that way for about 18 months now. Board gave him more than enough time to improve. Not good enough. Totally the right decision.

@drfc_sam: Change was needed, but in an odd way a thanks to Daryl for some of the good he brung. Who’s next… ?

@SunTzuPriest: So Rangers steal QPR manager, QPR sack their replacement, QPR get Wycombe manager, Wycombe get Colchester manager, Colchester will get our manager

@beth_n15: Oh wow…that was not what I was expecting at this time on a Friday night. None the less I think it is the right decision for the club going forward. All the best Daryl.

@LLcoolJames91: Wow, finally it has happened. Things was getting toxic and attendances started to decline with people fed up and being taken for a ride. Hope we don’t rush an appointment and get the right people in with an improvised vision for the current and next season. #COYD⚔️

@notepaddy: Is fierce odd timing this one, yes his recent post match interviews show that there appears to be some discontent in the club and our season is as good as toast. Yet still is an odd decision to go with this now, unless there’s an outside factor at play?.

@DarranPearce: Very odd time to announce it especially after they actually managed to win on Tuesday, but it has been coming for a while

@therealcmillett: The right decision, but best wishes for the future to Daryl. Hopefully we will all get behind @SportsHoldings to enable us to put in place the right replacement. If there’s one thing to learn from this, it’s that the fans know what they’re talking about.

@drfcjude: Shame it didn’t work out, but a decision I feel was needed. All the best Daryl, the next appointment is now huge. You managerless Dags to top of the league

1) Right decision
2) 2 years too late
3) Doing this less than 24 hours before our next game is really strange, however. I wonder if he’s gone to Colchester

@becky_boo94: Bit of a weird time to announce this.

@916connor_: wtf happened at dagenham . one day before a matchday too? odd.

@marowe1988: Before i start….the absolute state of this statement. Meant to be a pro club! Change is the right move, overdue imo. I still wish him well in his next move. Go and get @strevs12 and @AnwarU01 for the rest of the season and lets see.

@JoePavett00: When I was with Dagenham last season, Daryl always made a point of going out of his way to have a chat with me. Such a top man. Shame it’s ended the way it has, but no doubt he’ll smash whatever he does next.

@CC97__: All the best Daryl. When he came in I thought it was a great appointment. We’ve played some great football at times under him but this has been a long time coming. We have not progressed enough.

@Dazzarogers: Happy Friday! Never saw this coming. Be interesting where we go from here till the end of the season.

@Jimbokav1971: It has been coming. I know they have struggled with injuries but they have got to be doing better with what they had. Will be interesting to see who replaces him. Will Burchnall want to step back down to #NationalLeague? ⚽️

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