Diss deserve more – Taylor
Chris Lakey Robert Taylor says there is only one place Diss should be playing football - and it's not the Ridgeons First Division. The Tangerines boss has told his players that nothing but promotion to the Premier League will satisfy him this season - and that the title would be the icing on the cake.
Robert Taylor says there is only one place Diss should be playing football - and it's not the Ridgeons First Division.
The Tangerines boss has told his players that nothing but promotion to the Premier League will satisfy him this season - and that the title would be the icing on the cake.
“The club has to be back in the Premier Division next year, simple as that,” he said.
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““If we fail then I have not done my job properly and everybody else around me has not done their jobs properly.
“As long as we finish in the top three and get promotion I'll be fairly happy.
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“We missed the title by a point last year but I have seen enough to know the players have the guts and the determination to make that extra push. It just needs that little bit more quality adding to the squad.”
Taylor has acquired the services of former Canaries midfielder Cedric Anselin, Adie Hayes, Andy Moody, Steven Wright, Mark Culyer and Jamie Wilson - who were all with Taylor at Dereham last season.
An attempt to bring goalkeeper Shaun Marshall has failed, with Diss unable to compete financially with Mildenhall, but Taylor says his priorities are now for a centre forward and a reserve team manager.
“I'm not necessarily looking for someone of vast experience, just someone I can work with,” said Taylor, who took over at Diss in April having been sacked by Dereham in February.
“We have got Danny Partridge and I'd like someone who can play alongside him, but Wright and Moody are centre forwards and they can start.
“The younger lads are the legs for people like Cedric Anselin and Adie Hayes and I want us next season to get the ball down and play.
“I don't want to play a long ball game, I want it to be an entertaining side we put out on to the pitch - and one that wins.”
“We need to ensure our back-up players can step into the first team when necessary, which is why the reserve team manager's role is such an important one. We need to get someone in there who knows what they're doing and can hold of these young lads and push them forward into contention for the first team.”