WHO NEXT?: JODY BROWN
In this five-part series I assess who should be next to step into the dugout as Taylor’s successor. The fans want a young, hungry and exciting manager and it is thought to be dependant on who makes the decision - Thompson or the owners - whether we get that or not. The third of the candidates is Jody Brown who is currently part of the Daggers’ coaching staff.
Dagenham’s first team coach has had experience as the number one, most notably with Heybridge Swifts whom he took from the very bottom of their respective league to the top. This was over a three year spell with the club which he left in September of 2018.
The Swifts were in huge financial difficulty when Brown took charge and he steered them clear of what seemed seemed certain relegation at the time - so a great achievement. He then built them into be a force to be reckoned with in their division but ultimately his ambitions didn’t match that of the club and they parted ways.
He did have a stint as manager in the top flight of non-league football prior to his time at Heybridge Swifts but it didn’t last long. During his 73 days as manager of Welling his side registered just one point from nine games. However I have no doubts he has gained experience and learned a lot since then.
Obviously a huge plus to appointing Jody is that he already knows the club and players so it will be a smooth transition. In spite of that there will be mixed feelings amongst supporters with some wanting a complete reshuffle and fresh faces to come in.
On the other hand, there are supporters who feel Jody has a lot to give and that the displays in games he and Harris took charge of - he had little control over. Unleashed from the negative tactics Taylor had implemented Brown could be an interesting appointment but perhaps not one fans are hoping for.
He is of course a risk but he is young, knows the club and ambitious so - is he a risk worth taking?
Thanks for reading,