New Fenmen boss throws down the gauntlet

Adam Lazzari New Wisbech Town manager Steve Taylor has challenged his squad to prove they are fit to wear the club's shirt - having dismissed fears that the current squad might break up following last week's resignations of Roy McManus and Steve Appleby as manager and assistant manager.

Adam Lazzari

New Wisbech Town manager Steve Taylor has challenged his squad to prove they are fit to wear the club's shirt - having dismissed fears that the current squad might break up following last week's resignations of Roy McManus and Steve Appleby as manager and assistant manager.

"Wisbech Town is a fantastic club with a proud history and the players should be proud to wear the shirt, whoever the manager is," he said. "It is up to them now to prove to me that they are good enough. Everything's been very sudden and the only player Ispoken to is Paul Cousins.

"He's been approached by a couple of clubs but told me he wants to stay. I'm aware that a few others in the squad have had offers as well and I'm going to call a meeting with the players soon to sort everything out."


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Chatteris-based Taylor had been linked with the job many times before, most recently in 2004 when he was Ely City manager. He has also previously managed Chatteris, Warboys and Haverhill - where he gained promotion to the Ridgeons Premier Division in 2007.

Taylor also took Haverhill on the most successful FA Cup run in their history but quit in March after the board decided the cut the budget with ten games left.

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He said: "I'm aware that Wisbech Town have been in the papers a lot for all the wrong reasons but I want to keep out of everything that's gone on in the past. I'm here to concentrate on the football and let the board deal with all the issues behind the scenes. I'm 100pc focused on improving the team and making sure they win more matches. Roy McManus is a good bloke and he did a fantastic job last season. I saw Wisbech play before he took over and I was certain they would go down.

"I'm looking to build on that success and make the club great again. That might take me a couple of years, but the board have told me they are backing me for the long term."

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