John Coleman believes Dagenham’s promotion to League One has been a boost to the clubs with less financial clout in League Two.
The Daggers, former Conference rivals of the Reds, beat Rotherham 3-2 at Wembley on Sunday. They have low crowds and have also used a number of players with non league backgrounds, similar to Stanley.
Coleman said: "It is a statement to the league that any team can get promoted provided they are consistent and have a bit of luck along the way.
"I do think you need luck and they had it - our game at home against them was a prime example where it was 0-0 and they had a header going well wide which deflected off one of our players and proved the winning goal. They got three points and things did then swing in their favour.
"We were miles ahead of them in our Conference days but I do take the fact it’s said they do not pay a lot of money with a pinch of salt. Paul Benson, their striker, must be on more than £600 a week.
"But I do have a lot of respect for John Still and what he has done. He is a good friend and I hope they do well next season.
"We will be trying to follow in their footsteps."