Nuneaton Town unveil Liam Daish as their new boss

Monday 22nd September 2014
LIAM DAISH has been unveiled as the new manager of Vanarama Conference strugglers Nuneaton Town.

The club are sitting in the bottom three in the table with two wins, two draws and seven defeats in the league and have turned to 45-year-old Daish to turn things around.

The former Ebbsfleet United boss was selected from a long-list of more than 60 applicants for the position.

Daish took charge at Stonebridge Road in February 2005 – guiding the Kent club to FA Trophy success at Wembley Stadium in 2008 – before leaving in May 2013.

Daish told the club’s website:
"Nuneaton has always been a decent non-league team with a decent non-league reputation and the timing of the job coming in, as well as the location, felt right for me.

“I have been very impressed by talking to the chairman and the chief executive and it feels like a good, honest club that wants to progress.

"When the job came up I was on a break in Portugal, so I came back, did a bit of homework and was able to watch the match against Forest Green Rovers.

"I have a very good idea of the squad and the players and no doubt I will be very well briefed about all of them. It will not take me too long to get settled in, I’m sure."

Daish is a UEFA ‘B’ level 3 coach and is waiting to go on the UEFA ‘A’ course, and says his biggest asset is his experience gained as a player working under great managers, being involved in winning promotions as a player and manager.

He said: "I have always enjoyed playing football in a positive way. There is lots of new terminology with regards to how you play, but the game itself has not changed that much.

“I like teams that can play with a good tempo, who are positive and who look forwards first. Without getting too technical, I will be looking to play in a positive way that creates chances to score and hopefully we will have that extra something that will help us put those chances away.

"I played in a number of systems as a professional player and have been adaptable as a coach and a manager. A lot is determined by the players I have at my disposal and what will best suit the players I have. I have an idea of how I would like to play, but we will have to wait and see."

Cairman Lee Thorn was delighted to have been able to appoint Daish, saying: "Right from the outset there was one stand out character and as soon as his CV dropped, (Liam) was the guy for me.

"We interviewed four candidates, who all performed exceptionally well. Each interview lasted at least two hours each and we followed the same format for all of them.  All were asked the same questions and we also gave them a paper exercise with a football scenario to knock them out of their stride, based on the scenario we faced against Bristol Rovers.

"(Following the interview process) the three people on the panel had one clear choice. I spoke to Liam on Saturday night and offered him the position, and he called back on Sunday morning to accept the terms and conditions we offered.

"He had a fantastic playing career and is used to football in the Midlands and football at this level. You cannot fault his record at Ebbsfleet, where he helped them win the FA Trophy and did a brilliant job in the circumstances he faced there. He is the perfect candidate, with an outstanding proven reputation, and is the perfect fit for Nuneaton Town.

Daish’s reputation is well deserved, according to Mr Thorn’s contacts in the managerial world. “I spoke to a few people who have previously worked with Liam before offering him the job. Barry Fry described him as his ‘Captain Marvel’, while Graham Carr said he was a natural leader of men.”

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