Caretaker boss Sean McKay is ready to embrace the challenge of turning Chatteris Town’s fortunes around.
McKay has taken up managerial duties alongside captain Stuart Porter until a permanent replacement can be found after the news of Ashley Taylor’s resignation, which was announced yesterday.
The decision comes after the Lilies lost a five-goal thriller to then second-from-bottom Linton Granta having earned a first-half lead, bringing an end to a four-game unbeaten run.
“The squad and club as a whole was deeply saddened and shocked after Ash’s departure, none more so than myself”, McKay said.
“It was a shock; I didn’t expect to take temporary charge.
“Me and Stuart decided at this moment in time it would be best for the club to do the job until a permanent appointment is made.
“I would like to thank Ash for everything he has done for the club.
“What he has achieved is nothing short of remarkable.”
With a team short on confidence, McKay is optimistic of a turnaround despite what tests may come following the surprise of Taylor’s departure.
Town have dropped points from leading positions in the last two games, which closing out results is one area that draws particular focus.
“Me and Stuart will do our absolute best working on this problem because we know, as well as the players, this should not be happening”, he insisted.
“We just need to have a better understanding of how we manage situations in a game.
“We have always had a great team spirit, so I see no reason why we can’t get the team back on track.
“I think it’s a massive challenge, but one we are committed to doing well in.
“Our main aim is getting the team back playing to its capabilities and getting back to winning ways.”
Life after Taylor begins with arguably the toughest assignment possible when they travel to table-toppers West Wratting on Saturday (September 23, 3pm), who have tasted defeat once in their first eight games.
McKay knows this will be a big hurdle to overcome, as well as next week’s trip to last season’s runners-up in Great Shelford, which he will be making some adaptations for both fixtures.
“I think it will be a huge test.
“They are a good side who have started the season very well.
“We know there are no easy games in this league, none more so than Saturday’s game.
“We will be looking to make a few changes to the team in terms of system as our next two games are extremely tough away games.
“In terms of personnel, we are still a bit short, but with players hopefully returning from injury in the coming weeks, we should be okay.
“I’ve never felt we have had a problem getting up for ‘big’ games and the size of the challenge ahead is something we should embrace.
“If we are to get anything out of the game, we know we will have to be on our game for 90 minutes.”