Daggers boss Taylor has no issues with Salford spending big
PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 July 2018
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While Daggers remain gripped by a financial crisis, divisional newcomers the Ammies have been splashing cash this summer
Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor says he has no qualms about National League rivals Salford City splashing the cash ahead of the new season.
The Ammies last week signed striker Adam Rooney from Scottish Premiership side Aberedeen, with the 30-year-old earning a reported £4,000-a-week.
That is the kind of money Taylor would simply love to have at his disposal, but that is unlikely to be the case any time soon with Daggers currently in a difficult financial predicament.
But rather than be jealous about Salford’s wealth, Taylor instead suggested every club in the division would love to be in a position to spend such sums of money on one player.
“Salford have tremendous backers and are very lucky. We’d all like to be that lucky and all like to get involved with that because you want to progress,” said the 65-year-old.
“If that means you’re in a position to sign really good players, that’s what you’re going to do, so I don’t blame the manager (Graham Alexander) for that.
“Any club in the National League would like to be in that position, but I know the job I’ve taken on here is totally the opposite to that and I’m going to work hard, concentrate and do the best I can.”
Rooney could well feature for Salford when they make the trip to Victoria Road in the league on September 1.
But who will be wearing the Daggers armband that day remains a mystery, with the captaincy role still vacant following the departure of Andre Boucaud earlier in the summer.
Matt Robinson led the side at Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday and netted the visitors’ first goal as they came from behind to win 3-1.
The 24-year-old also led Daggers when they beat a West Ham United XI earlier in pre-season, so looks to be a frontrunner to wear the armband this term.
But boss Taylor remained coy over who he would eventually name as his first-choice skipper.
“I’m impressed with Matt as an individual and he has half a chance of being a captain, but I haven’t made a decision about that yet,” he added.
Daggers host Sky Bet League Two side Cambridge United in a friendly on Wednesday, before visiting Hemel Hempstead Town of the National League South on Saturday in their last game before the new term begins.