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TAYLOR: "IT'S A FRESH START"

16 October 2013

Gills new Interim Manager challenges players to impress

Peter Taylor has said it’s a fresh start for everybody at the club as he begins his second spell managing Gillingham.


, and says everyone will have a chance to prove themselves as the squad prepare for two home games in the space of four days.club’s new Interim Manager on TuesdayTaylor was officially unveiled as the


He said: "I’ve told all the players that it’s a fresh start for everybody.


“There will be players that didn’t play under Martin who will have a point to prove, it’s up to them to prove to a new coach that they should be in the team.


“The ones that are, it’s up to them to make sure they don’t take their foot off and stay in the team – everybody has a challenge really.


“I watched the U21 game against Wimbledon and there were half a dozen players there that I didn’t know too much about and it was a worthwhile exercise watching it.



“I know the majority of them and have watched them in non-league and league football and hopefully the staff will help me in every way.


"There will be no changes whatsoever; I am Interim Manager so I’m here for the short term and if these chaps [John Schofield and Carl Muggleton] help me get some results I might be here for the long term.”



Taylor said he was under no illusions how big the job was, and is well aware of the challenges that League One offers.


He added: “It’s a tough division League One these days, many moons ago you would never dream about playing Wolves, Sheffield United and Preston. The last time I was in this league, and I know how Martin feels, I was with Wycombe.


“Our first three matches were Charlton, Norwich and Leeds and that was tough that year. Looking at it now it’s still tough but what we must do is stick together, work incredibly hard, try and have the best spirit that we can have and compete with other clubs.


“The fans know it’s going to be a fight but I think they are willing to get behind their team, they care about their team and rightly so.”


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