Friday, June 21, 2024
HomeLocalSpurs Appoint Ian Taylor

Spurs Appoint Ian Taylor

Cape Town Spurs have confirmed Ian Taylor as their new Head Coach for the rest of the season.

Taylor, who will be assisted by Nathan Paulse, joined the club at the start of the season as Vladislav Heric’s assistant.

He and Paulse have been on the bench throughout January, fulfilling the roles after Heric left the club.

Taylor is probably best known as a former assistant at Ajax Cape Town, and at Cape Town City, however he was also Head Coach of Cape Town All Stars for a short time.

He had been working in China since leaving City in 2017, where he formed part of the development coaching staff at Ajax Amsterdam’s Chinese partner, Guangzhou R&F.

Spurs are currently 15th on the GladAfrica Championship table.

“The main objective is to get the structure and organisation right in the team, trying to get the balance right, and at the same time, trying to get the results,” Taylor told the club’s website.

“We’re taking it one game at a time and trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves. It’s a matter of playing out of our organisational structures basically – and working on elements of conditioning and scoring, which we’re lacking.”.

“Look, I think there’s a lot of hard work that lies ahead of us, but I think we’re on a good track,” Paulse told the website.

“At this point we can’t look too far ahead, we need to micromanage this season and take it game by game with thorough analysis and weekly targets that we need to set in terms of our environment, culture and harmony in the squad that will lift the quality of our performance.

“It’s obvious that the players haven’t had a good pre-season, and obviously with Covid-19 there are a lot more obstacles but it’s a balancing act of how we can lift the quality towards each game. But we’re enjoying the process and I’m sure the players are embracing it from what we have seen. From there we can only go towards each game and work hard towards getting those three points.”.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.