Former Ajax Cape Town assistant coach Ian Taylor is exactly where he wants to be at this stage of his career – in charge as head coach, following his move to Cape Town All Stars.
Taylor was assistant coach to Roger De Sa for nearly two years at Ikamva, the pair enjoying a fair amount of success as a team, having reached two cup finals, the 2015 MTN8 ending in silverware for the Cape side.
But Taylor says he is keen to branch out on his own, and recently departed Ajax to seek new challenges. A it turned out, a position soon became available at a club where he spent a brief spell in 2013, Cape Town All Stars, who were without a coach after Dan Malesela left the club a few weeks ago.
“At Ajax, with all their facilities, one can get into a comfort zone. Coming back to the NFD is a humbling experience, and the kind of challenge I need to test myself,” said the 38-year-old Taylor.
“The main thing is now that I will be in charge. I will be able to implement my own plans, my own training programs. With the team in the position they are in, it’s an exciting challenge.
“At PSL level the assistant does not get to do that much coaching, and it’s for this reason that I felt I needed to leave Ajax, as I wanted to spend more time coaching on the field,” he added.
Taylor’s foremost task at Stars will be to coax more goals out of the side:
“We need more of an attacking edge. More directness. It’s a mindset – we have to work on changing the players’ attitudes. To turn midfield possession into shots and goals. They have got to want to score, be it in a match or on the training pitch,” he explained.