ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott has spoken of his admiration for John Still and concedes he is surprised the Dagenham and Redbridge boss has not been snapped up by a bigger club.
As the Millers prepare to take on the Daggers for the first time tomorrow since losing 3-2 in the League Two Play-Off final in May 2010, Scott has hailed the job Still has done on a shoestring of a budget at the London outfit.
“John has worked miracles there and the fact they have sold their best players year on year and he has still had success with them makes it a more fantastic achievement,” said Scott. “He is a good man who knows his stuff and is a really nice bloke.
“He has got contacts at every level and he has a lot of respect in the game from managers to players.
“It is difficult when you sell your best players to go and get another one and not have the money to replace them but John always seems to have a plan in action and something else up his sleeve.
“He is a good organiser and he makes it simple for players. It is probably a bit of a mystery why he has not managed at a higher level with a bigger club but maybe that is a stigma of managing a lower league club. Bigger clubs don’t want to take a chance on managers who come out of non league.”
Still’s side scraped into the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after an epic penalty shoot out victory over Leyton Orient in midweek. All 11 players, including the two goalkeepers, netted their spot-kicks and when the next round of penalties started, the first five were all converted before James Shea kept out Ben Chorley’s effort.
Scott, who watched the cup tie at Brisbane Road, said: “Dagenham are tough to play against and play a really high tempo. They work extremely hard for each other. You can see why John is so proud of the club and the squad he has built because they all want to play for him.”
The Millers chief expects shot-stopper Conrad Logan to be available for selection despite breaking his nose and damaging his teeth after an aerial collision in the 3-2 loss at Swindon last week.
“He’s been to see the dentist and they’ve sorted him out,” he said. “He should be okay for the weekend.”
With Danny Schofield serving a one-match ban following his sending off at the County Ground, Ben Pringle and Jason Taylor are pressing for recalls in midfield.
Ian Thomas-Moore, the son of former Rotherham legend Ronnie, has hung up his boots after failing to find a new club. The striker, released by Scott in the summer, made 12 league appearances for Rotherham last season, scoring three goals.