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Taylor Ready And Raring To Go For Challenge Ahead

Interim Manager Gives His First Interview

2 March 2018

Matty Taylor is looking forward to the challenge ahead after taking temporary charge of first-team affairs at The Energy Check County Ground.

The defender, who has been in superb form on the pitch this season with four goals and eleven assists, was named Interim First-Team Manager on Thursday following the departures of Dave Flitcroft and Ben Futcher. 

It has been a busy couple of days for Taylor who has thrown himself into his new role, and the 36-year-old is now focussed on helping out the club in whatever way he can.

"I spoke to the Chairman on Wednesday evening at around 5ish and had an honest, frank conversation with him," he told iFollow STFC.

"He obviously explained what was happening with David and Ben, and he asked whether or not I would take charge for the game on Saturday, so that's where we are.

"Of course I said yes, I am more than happy to help out the football club in any capacity that I can and that's the basis of the facts I have.

"I'll be looking after the first-team on a day-to-day basis and that's what I've spent the last couple of days doing.

"I've made a lot of phone calls, I spoke to the lads on Thursday, we had a really good meeting about what I expect from them and I don't expect anything from them other than what I expect from myself.

"We had a good, positive training session on Thursday, albeit it was freezing cold, but I'm looking forward to it."

"Of course I said yes, I am more than happy to help out the football club in any capacity that I can and that's the basis of the facts I have. I'll be looking after the first-team on a day-to-day basis and that's what I've spent the last couple of days doing."

Matty Taylor

And Taylor has stressed that he will only be taking his new role at a day at a time, rather than looking too far ahead into the future.

"That's all it can be - it can't be anything other than that," he added.

"If you start looking further ahead than that you lose focus on the here and now and what I've been asked to do by the Chairman is focus on the here and now and prepare the team correctly.

"I'm an eternal optimist and I believe we've got an opportunity to make history by getting this team into League One.

"How are we going to get there? Hard work, 100% commitment from a 100% of the people at this football club and that's what we need.

"I will try to drive that for as long as I'm asked to."


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