In a question and answer session held with supporters after the game last Saturday Tommy Taylor had the opportunity to win over any doubters, and he responded perfectly by interacting in a way that brought out his personality and experience in handling tricky questions from all angles.
Taylor confirmed that he had signed twenty players and expected to go with them for the early stages of the season.
“It will take half a dozen games or so to find out whether we’ve got the right calibre of player,” he said, but also admits he has little idea of the standard of the opposition his side will be facing.
“I don’t know much about the teams in this division and even less about where they geographically but we will be trying to get as much information about our next opposition as we can so we don’t go into games blind.” said Taylor.
When asked what his ethos would be Taylor replied, “I am very much a football man, and this comes from my up bringing as a junior with Leyton Orient and even more so with West ham United.”
“I intend to play a four - four - two formation with attacking wingers with the intention of winning every game, be it league or cup”.
While he admitted that his current squad was strong technically, the Mattock game had emphasised a lack of physical strength, but acknowledged that the Gladiators had looked a strong side and not of the standard the Nailers would expect to meet every week.
When asked about his reasons for bringing Joaquim Ortuno over from Spain he explained, “I got to know Purito (as he is known) when I was working in Spain and thought what a good prospect he is. So when he expressed a wish to come to England to play and develop his English speaking it was a good opportunity to bring some exciting talent to the club.”
“It’s not been an easy transition because the English game is different, but I see him as a creative player who will help us score goals before maybe replacing him with a more defensive player later in the game - we shall see!!”
Taylor expects to have Purito and Ruben Wiggins-Thomas back from injury for Saturday’s opener at Newcastle Town and will also be bolstered by the return from holiday of Jon Froggatt and Andy Richmond.
One player to miss out is striker Lee Morris who is unavailable and Taylor’s other main decision is, who he leaves out of the starting line up.
The Nailers face two consecutive home games next week starting with the visit of Brigg Town on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) and Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday 20 August.