Taylor takes over after ‘crazy week’
KRIS TAYLOR is hoping to have a positive end to the week of turmoil surrounding Redbridge.
Taylor was given the Oakside hotseat after the sacking of his former joint boss Dave Ross and Kevin Durrant, who had a change of heart, deciding to go back on his decision to leave Eton Manor, despite taking charge of the Motormen’s reserve league game against Aveley last Thursday.
Taylor started his spell in charge with a 2-1 FA Trophy victory over Chatham Town last weekend and hopes to reverse the club’s fortunes on the pitch after last night’s (Wednesday) important game against rivals Ilford, with Maldon & Tiptree travelling to Oakside on Saturday.
“It has been a crazy week as it seemed something new was happening every day,” said Taylor.
“But when Dan Holloway (joint chairman) came to me and asked if I wanted the job on Friday I couldn’t turn the opportunity down.
“We hadn’t had the luck before and apart from two games it was always the odd goal that cost us dearly.
“Saturday’s performance was great, but we need to turn our cup form into points in the league as the gap between us and some of the teams above us has increased.”
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The former Barkingside joint manager believes the current crop of players are good enough to get out of the sticky situation they find themselves in, with Taylor only looking to add one or two to bolster his team.
“I believe as a squad we have got a point to prove that we don’t deserve to be in the position where we are in the league,” he said.
“We only need one or two players to come into the squad, otherwise I feel the squad is as strong as many of the league’s sides.”
One of the new additions will be former Aveley and Bethnal Green United player Glen Golby.
The defender had left Justin Gardener’s side last Tuesday to join Saturday’s opposition Maldon & Tiptree, but cannot sign for another Ryman League side until next week.
Another new arrival for Taylor is Jody Brown, who will join his management team as a coach after spells with Heybridge Swifts and Maldon.
The Motormen’s opposition at the weekend have had a tough start to the season, with many predicting a strong start for the Park Drive outfit, but it hasn’t been the case so far and the Blues see themselves in 14th spot.
However, Taylor is aware of their striker Joe Sweeney, Maldon’s top goalscorer with five in the league and knows it will be tough.
“They haven’t had the start many expected, but they are a team with a lot of quality and skill,” said the Redbridge boss.
“It will be extremely difficult, but hopefully we will be able to come away with the three points.”