Welling United appoint former England boss Peter Taylor to succeed Steve Lovell

Tuesday 28th September 2021

WELLING UNITED have appointed former England manager Peter Taylor as their new boss.

The 68-year-old replaces Welshman Steve Lovell, 61, who stepped down from the role, along with his assistant manager Tristan Lewis, on Monday 20 September.

Welling United were knocked out of The FA Cup by lower-league Harrow Borough, who claimed a 2-0 win in the Second Qualifying Round, just two days before the former Gillingham boss left Park View Road.

Chairman Mark Goldberg and Hugo Langton took charge of the side’s 6-0 home defeat to Vanarama National League South leaders Dartford at Park View Road on Saturday.

“Peter has had an illustrious football career both as a player and then subsequently as a manager, managing not only in the Premier League with Leicester City as well as various Football League clubs (leading teams to promotion on four separate occasions), but also at international level with the England Under 21 team and Under 20 team,” said a club statement.

“Peter has taken charge of the first-team’s training session today and his first game in charge will be on Saturday away to Oxford City.”

Taylor took charge of the England senior team for one game in 2000 when he handed David Beckham the captaincy for the first time against Italy.

Taylor has previously managed in Kent at Dartford, Dover Athletic and Gillingham and was in charge of Essex outfit Dagenham & Redbridge in the Vanarama National League between June 2018 and December 2019.

The Wings are second-from-bottom in the table, having collected one win and a draw from their opening six games, three points better off than basement side Billericay Town.

Lovell was in charge of the club for 10 games in all competitions, winning two, drawing three and losing five.

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