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Taylor: Manager A Big Factor

1 July 2016

New Signing Links Up With Former Youth Coach Again

New signing Andy Taylor says the presence of manager Gary Bowyer at Blackpool, as well as the club's location, persuaded him to move to Bloomfield Road.

The left-back, who had a brief stint in tangerine in 2006, has moved back to the Lancashire area after previously working with Bowyer as a youth player at Blackburn Rovers.  

"I'm a northern lad, my friends and family are up north so it was something I was keen to do, get back up north. Knowing the manager from my youth days at Blackburn was a big advantage and as soon as he rang me it was something that sparked my interest to work with him again," Taylor admitted.

"He was a good youth team coach and I know from his time at Blackburn that he's a very good manager, and you can tell from the first couple of days that he's very, very thorough and very professional. He's exactly the sort of person this club needs to try and get it back up to where it belongs."

Taylor turned down on a new deal at Walsall to complete a switch to Blackpool and in doing so dropped a division, though he hopes that will be quickly rectified.  

"I've never, as yet, played in League Two in my career so it will be a new experience for me. It was a step down to hopefully take a step back up. The club is in the wrong division at the moment but it's up to us to get it out of there and hopefully I can play my part in doing that," he added.


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