TOM TAYLOR “I believe there is every chance of us getting back in the Cymru Alliance.”
You had been out of management for some time, how does it feel to be back ?
Weird really! I was quiet happy watching games before I go away on my holiday. So it feels good but at the same time its awkward timing so there is a lot of rushing around at the minute trying to get players in and build a squad capable of catching Queens Park and Brickfield. Nomads are a great club so I’m hoping to get them into the Cymru Alliance something I wanted to do last time I was at the club.
What’s your first priority as FC Nomads boss?
For the short period of time I’ve had with the players we have set guidelines for what we expect from the current crop of players moving forward on and off the pitch. I wouldn’t of come back to the club if I didn’t believe we have a chance of winning the league this season. So it’s imperative that we set standards that will give us a fighting chance of this happening.
What was the reason that you took the job? Why the Nomads?
Nomads will always have a place in my heart, it was the first place I ever managed! I know the club inside and out, and I know that the chairman shares the same passion and desire to win things. I rejected the offer in the summer to take over the club, but last Saturday I had a change of heart.
How would you compare the standard to the National League & Cymru Alliance?
The National League has improved a lot in the last couple of seasons. The quality in the league is not great, but it’s probably the most competitive league around. When I played for Hawarden there would only be one team that would always run away with the league.
This season it could be a handful of teams in with a shout. You have to look at results in cup competitions, as the best way to gauge how they compare. Corwen and Hawarden the other week for example played two teams out of the Alliance and both came out with totally different outcomes. The bottom half of the Alliance and the top five of the National would be very competitive!
How does Tom Taylor like his team to play?
I like my teams to play football, but I also understand that at times you can’t. In the Alliance better pitches allow you to get the ball down and play a lot more than in the National. It also depends on the players you have available to you. You have to play to your players strengths! Then you can either coaches them to play to your style or bring in players who are capable of doing it.
What did you make of Cymru Alliance with your time at Buckley?
The top 4/5 teams in the league have the most money and better facilities, so you expect them to be fighting for promotion.
For me there are a lot of teams below that, that are very similar in budgets and teams. Most of the pitches and facilities are really good whilst a few are lacking and this is something that the FAW could look into.
Do you think this is a good opportunity for you as a manger to get back managing in the Cymru Alliance?
Obviously with me going back into Nomads, I believe there is every chance of the club getting into the Cymru Alliance. The club was very unlucky last year after being crowned champions not to go up.
This year lessons have been learnt,and things will be in place if we are in that position again. I want to manage in the Alliance again but you never know what the future holds. I turned a job down earlier in the year which would of meant managing back in the Alliance, but circumstances outside of football weren’t right at the time. I would like to see what I could do with a bigger budget and a club ready to go into the Welsh Premier League.