Former Huddersfield Town player Wayne Burnett is job hunting today instead of Christmas shopping.
He has been sacked by Skybet League II strugglers Dagenham, despite earning them a lucrative FA Cup third-round trip to Premier League Everton next month.
The Daggers are bottom of the table but just two points from safety, after being guided to ninth and 14th-place finishes in the last two seasons by Burnett.
Burnett, who made 102 midfield Town appearances between 1996 and 1998, has been replaced on a temporary basis by Warren Hackett and Darren Currie. It’s already being suggested John Still could return to the club.
On Twitter, James Catlin said: “Big mistake from Dagenham to sack manager Wayne Burnett. Young manager with plenty of potential. Going to be a long season for the Daggers.”
Dagenham are without a league win since November 24 and a club statement read: “It is with regret that Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club announce that manager Wayne Burnett has left the club.
“Both Wayne and the board of Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club felt a change in manager was necessary in order to turn around the team’s fortunes.
“Whilst the search is now under way for Wayne’s replacement, Warren Hackett and Darren Currie will take care of first-team affairs until a replacement is named.
“Wayne provided the club with stability following John Still’s departure to Luton Town in February 2013, initially in an interim basis and was the 15th longest-serving manager in the League.
“He departs the Chigwell Construction Stadium with the club’s very best wishes together with thanks for his achievement in helping the club to ninth and 14th-place finishes in League Two for the past two seasons together with an FA Cup third-round tie at Everton to be played next month.”