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Thursday, October 17, 2013
There may have been a few changes since Daggers legend Tony Roberts left the club, but he feels Wayne Burnett has got the squad at his disposal to make a mockery of those expecting the club to endure another tough season.
The last few seasons since the goalkeeper hung up his gloves and concentrated on his first-team coaching commitments at Premier League side Arsenal, has seen Daggers perilously close to falling out of the Football League.
And though the 44-year-old knows it’s tough for Burnett to follow in the footsteps of John Still, he believes that pre-season has helped settle the Daggers into the new brand of football the Victoria Road chief is trying to achieve at the club.
“It’s been a super start really,” said Roberts. “I keep in touch with Wayne and Steve Thompson (managing director) and they are going about things the right way.
“It’s a new era for the club, and it’s tough following John and what he’s done. You can’t knock what John did for the club but times have changed and Wayne is the man now.
“He’s changed the way they’ve played and they look to have the squad capable of causing teams problems. I am sure things will only move onwards and upwards now.”
The club were predicted another season of struggle in League Two, but Roberts feels it’s something the club has come accustomed to over the years and can continue to deal with.
“When haven’t the club been predicted to be struggling?” he added. “It was always like that when I was there and in that respect nothing has changed.
“It’s always going to be tough at the club, everyone knows that. But the staff are all fantastic at what they do, on both the playing and management side.
“There’s a new philosophy under Wayne, but he’s doing a great job and the squad has got a good balance about it.”
One player who Roberts knows well is striker Rhys Murphy and he for one is glad that he’s settled in well at Victoria Road.
“Rhys is the type of player Wayne loves,” he said. “I knew him at Arsenal and I am pleased he’s settled somewhere now and his football is certainly doing the talking.”
Roberts is the club’s longest serving player with 507 appearances to his name over 11 seasons at the club.
And the Welshman has seen Chris Lewington fill the breach since he left, but admits now it is up to him and his understudy, Jordan Seabright to deliver.
“I keep in touch on Twitter and speak to them every so often, but now it’s down to them to see what they can achieve at the club,” he said.
Roberts is starting a goalkeeping course for youngsters on Friday at Colebrook Royals FC, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell.
Held every week, they’ll be a session from 6.30-7.45pm for 8-12 year-olds and 7.50-9pm for 13-18-year-olds. For more information contact Roberts on email@example.com