Former England boss Taylor is keen to help Daggers push on in the upcoming season

PUBLISHED: 09:30 06 June 2018

Peter Taylor (left) in the stands before kick off during his spell as Gillingham director of football (Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

Peter Taylor (left) in the stands before kick off during his spell as Gillingham director of football (Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Newly-appointed Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor is keen to help the struggling club push on.

Daggers moved to appoint former England under-21s boss Taylor and former assistant manager Terry Harris as part of a managerial team to take the club forward.

The experienced manager has seen five promotions with four different clubs including the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Gillingham and Wycombe Wanderers in his career which spans over 50 years but he is now keen to take on the challenge at the Victoria Road outfit.

“I’ve known this club a long time and have been to lots of matches here,” Taylor said.

“I’ve been here as a guest a lot of times and I’ve known the people a long time and I’ve always had a very good feeling while I’ve been at this football club but now all of a sudden it’s a very different situation for the team and for the club.

“It’s a little bit of a difficult test for everybody and it’s something I’m really looking forward to and to see if I can maybe help the club push on.”

Taylor, who was England’s caretaker manager for one game against Italy, where he famously named David Beckham as captain is now excited about linking up with Harris once again after their time at Dartford together.

“I’ve known Terry a long time and we worked together for five years, four years at Dartford, where we had a very successful four years.

“We score lots of goals and the crowd seemed to enjoy it and then we had a year at Enfield but then I went to Watford as assistant manager and I couldn’t take Terry with me.

“I’m delighted to have Terry back, he’s got great experience, he knows more about Dagenham than I do, but he is someone I totally trust and it’s great to work with him again.”

Taylor knows the challenge he faces with player recruitment and a smaller budget at the club but is confident they will put the best possible side out on the pitch.

“We’ve got to get a lot of players if we can.

“There is going to be a lower budget but we’ll just be realistic on that.

“We accept that and we know the task ahead, we know what we’ve got to do, we know the type of things we can afford and we’re going to try put out the best possible team we can.”

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