Is it possible to append to footer in admin dashboard?

I’m trying to append a block to the footer but only on the dashboard page i.e.

<footer> [New Template] [Core Content] </footer> 

How can I achieve this? I’ve tried a layout file with the following but nothing is displayed:

<?xml version="1.0"?> <layout version="0.1.0">     <adminhtml_dashboard_index>         <reference name="footer">         <block type="core/text_list" name="newreference" as="newreference" translate="label">             <label>New Reference</label>         </block>         </reference>         <reference name="newreference">         <block type="core/template" name="newreferenceblock" template="stats.phtml" />         </reference>     </adminhtml_dashboard_index> </layout> 

Do I have the path or reference name wrong?