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Taylor set for first league game in charge of Daggers

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 July 2018

Dagenham manager Peter Taylor (R) and assistant Terry Harris during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

Dagenham manager Peter Taylor (R) and assistant Terry Harris during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

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Daggers begin Vanarama National League season at Boreham Wood on Saturday

The 65-year-old took over as Daggers boss in the summer after former manager John Still resigned, before joining divisional rivals Barnet.

The one-time England caretaker manager has been hard at work during pre-season as he gets to grip with his new charges.

In his first few weeks in the role, Taylor has had to contend with the recent sweltering weather, which is sure to have had an impact on pre-season training.

The new Daggers boss acknowledges conditions have been a little more difficult than he would have liked and also recalled a time during his own playing career when he had to contend with pre-season training during a hot summer.

“I can remember the summer of 1976 when it was similarly as warm as it has been. It was absolutely crazy and the players we have are having to go through that now,” he said.

“We’ve been trying to do things in training, but it’s been like being on the playground because the ground is so hard.”

The hard pitches have already taken their toll on the Daggers squad, with the likes of ex-Wood defenders Alex Davey and Ben Nunn having watched the friendly matches from the sidelines after collecting slight knocks in pre-season.

With Daggers operating with a smaller squad this term, Taylor admitted his frustration at not having all of his players at his disposal during pre-season, but is looking forward to welcoming those with slight injuries back sooner rather than later.

“What we could do with is our slight injuries clearing up because with a squad of only 18 or 19 players, you want all of them available,” he added.

“Unfortunately for us, we’ve had a few that weren’t available, so that affected our plans a little bit.”

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