Former skipper’s dream is to return as manager of Daggers

Former Dagenham & Redbridge captain Mark Arber believes the Daggers fans haven’t seen the last of him – as the defender feels that one day he could return and manage the club.

Former Dagenham & Redbridge captain Mark Arber believes the Daggers fans haven’t seen the last of him – as the defender believes one day he could manage the club.

Arber was one of four senior players including Jon Nurse, Peter Gain and Damien McCrory – all part of the League Two play-off final win at Wembley – that was released by Daggers boss John Still earlier in the summer.

But the 34-year-old has spent the last five years combining the role with a coaching position at Arsenal, the club he supports, and he firmly believes he could have a future role with the Victoria Road outfit.

“Fortunately five years ago I decided I wanted to stay in football as a coach,” said Arber.

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“I set up some coaching where I live and I also worked at Arsenal for four and a half years which is again fantastic on the CV at a club I have supported all my life. Fortunately I did that at an age which passes people by, for this kind of day.

“I would like to thank everyone for the fantastic support I have had over the period I have been here and as I have said I will be back.

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“I know I will be back, I think one day if the opportunity arises I would like to be manager here. I’d like to comeback in a different capacity.”

The obvious highlight in his four and a half year spell at the club is that Wembley win which saw Daggers promoted to League One with a 3-2 triumph over Rotherham United.

And the whole campaign was one Arber is particularly fond of.

“If you ask any professional growing up what is one of your ambitions in life I am sure one is to play at Wembley and another to win at Wembley,” he added.

“ Not many people are going to have that on their CV in that season and without blowing my own trumpet we have got promoted, played at Wembley, won at Wembley, captained at Wembley and I was player-of-the-year in that campaign, what more can a player ask for?”

As to the squad Arber has left behind, the South-African born defender believes it will be a difficult season ahead.

“It has got potential, there was potential last year,” he said.

“Looking from the outside in as I now am it is going to be tough and I think you are going to rely heavily on the experience that we do have, whether that is Kevin Maher or anyone else.

“Experience isn’t all about age, you can be 25 and be experienced and when you look at Scott Doe, Abu Ogogo in particular, who have been here almost as long as I have, there is experience of what goes on at this football club.

“They are going to have to carry a big burden of continuing this football club and its tradition.”

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