Nunn backed to be strong leader for Daggers this term by manager Taylor

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 August 2018

Dagenham manager Peter Taylor during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

Dagenham manager Peter Taylor during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

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In an article from our ‘Kick-Off’ pullout, Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor previews the National League season

Ben Nunn will be a strong leader for Dagenham & Redbridge in the Vanarama National League this season.

That’s according to new Daggers boss Peter Taylor, who has handed the right-back the armband.

With former skipper Andre Boucaud having joined divisional rivals Barnet over the summer, the role was left vacant.

Though Nunn was absent during pre-season, Taylor has selected the former Boreham Wood defender as his man to lead Daggers on the pitch this season.

And Taylor, who famously handed David Beckham the England captaincy for the first time during a one-game caretaker spell in charge of the national team, revealed the qualities Nunn possesses that led to him being named as skipper.

“Ben is 28 years of age and has played enough games in the National League,” said Taylor.

“He’s a nice, noisy character about the place and he’s a very honest person as well, so I’m sure he’ll be quite comfortable having a go at a team-mate if he thinks he’s dropping his standards.

“There are lots of things I saw in Ben and while it was a close call, I thought he deserved it.”

Taylor has also picked midfielder Matt Robinson as his vice-captain for the upcoming campaign.

And he feels there are many similarities in personality between Robinson and Nunn, which led to the pair taking on the leadership roles.

“When you take over a new team, especially when there are a lot of youngsters in the squad, you don’t need quiet people,” added Taylor.

“Matt and Ben are certainly not quiet and they will be good leaders.”

Nunn and Robinson were among the small cluster of players Taylor inherited when taking charge of Daggers in June.

The former Bahrain boss has been busy adding to his squad, bringing in players on both permanent contracts and loan deals, but Taylor is pleased with the work he has done.

“We’ve got quite a good squad together, certainly one that a month ago I wouldn’t have though we would have,” he said.

“We’ve had certain limitations on the money we can spend to get certain players in and we’d all love to have the big budgets other teams have, but you have to get on with what you’ve got. I’m very pleased with what we’ve got for what we spent.”

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