I always thought John Still was a Dagenham & Redbridge man through and through, so I was shocked to hear this week he had decided to leave Victoria Road after nearly nine years in charge and take the manager's job at Luton Town.

With due respect, there aren't many managers who would voluntarily drop out of The Football League to work in the Conference. There's no suggestion John was pushed at Dagenham, which makes his decision both brave and surprising for me.

There's no doubt there's potential at Kenilworth Road and John has spoke about the attraction of joining a club with ambition and room for improvement. He's even mentioned the word 'project' which shows he's got a long term vision for the Hatters.

Some managers in their 60s are thinking about winding down but John is obviously a young 62-year-old and feels he needs a new challenge and a change of environment.

I can understand the need for a fresh start though. I left Morecambe a couple of years ago because I felt jaded and didn't have the same passion for the job. It was nothing to do with age, it was simply a need to do something different.

Maybe that's played a part in John's thought process after nearly a decade with the club. If you begin to feel like part of the furniture, it's probably time to move on.

I was sad to see Bradford City ship five against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday. I'm sure the Bradford fans enjoyed their day out at Wembley but it was a cruel way for the fairytale to come to an end and tough on the players.

I don't think there was anything Phil Parkinson and his team could have done. Swansea were absolutely superb and anyone who's criticised Parky's tactics or the effort of his players is talking rubbish.

The only way to stop Swansea playing is to hustle them all over the pitch and that's just not possible at Wembley. The pitch is just too big and it was inevitable that the Swans were going to see a lot of the ball. It made perfect sense for Bradford to let them have possession in their own half and try and get compact and the fact they lost heavily doesn't mean the approach was wrong.

The Matt Duke sending off was technically correct but it didn't feel right, did it? It didn't alter the course of the match and I'm not blaming the referee but it was horrible to see it end like that for him. After what he's overcome in his personal life and his performances in the Capital One Cup this season, Duke should have been on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.

It was a fascinating evening of npower League 2 action on Tuesday night and from a neutral point of view, the defeats for Gillingham against Oxford United at Priestfields and Port Vale to Exeter at Vale Park really breathed excitement in the battle for the top seven places.

The two top both losing at home on the same day is a rare event and while there's still a small gap between them and third-placed Burton Albion, it's given all the teams immediately below them something of a sniff.

For me, the start of March always represented the true business end of the season and for the top teams who've lead the way for most of the year, the pressure can really build. They're so close but they know there's still time to undo all their good work and get dragged back into the pack.

From a neutral perspective, Tuesday' night's result has set things up nicely for an exciting finish.

Plymouth Argyle remain rooted to the bottom of the table and John Sheridan wasn't happy with his players despite picking up a point in midweek after their 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. Argyle took the lead in the first half but John thinks his team overdid their celebrations, lost concentration and allowed the Dons to equalise a couple of minutes later.

If that's true, he's got my sympathy because I always used to try and hammer it into my players that the 10 or 15 minutes after we had scored was the phase of a game in which they had to concentrate the hardest. The old cliche that you're at your most vulnerable just after you've scored is true and it's infuriating for a manager to see your team concede simply because they're not properly switched on.

The problem is that no matter what you say, players do have a tendency to switch off. The euphoria after scoring is great but when they come down off the high, they can suddenly be very flat. Individuals can get distracted, replaying their goal or their assist in their heads, and bang, the other team catches you with a sucker punch.

And trust me, there's no worse feeling right in your gut as manager when you're stuck on the touchline and are forced to watch your team fall into the trap.