Experienced fitness coach Taylor joins the Stags

Steve Evans shares a joke with new fitness coach Lee Taylor in the dug out on Saturday.
Steve Evans shares a joke with new fitness coach Lee Taylor in the dug out on Saturday.

Mansfield Town today confirmed the appointment of Lee Taylor as fitness and rehabilitation coach as new manager Steve Evans begins to assemble his backroom team.

Taylor has a wealth of football experience both in England and abroad and will work closely with the first team squad to further improve and maintain their fitness.

On his joining the club, Stags’ boss Steve Evans said: “We’ve been able to add another member to our backroom staff.

“Lee is someone who has worked with me before, but not for many years. He joins the football club in a fitness and rehabilitation role to add to the excellent medical staff which we have.

“It’s a small but important part of my building of the backroom team to give the players the support to get every point, score every goal and not concede, as much as we can.”

Taylor, who was on the bench on Saturday, added: “It was great to get a call off the gaffer after just returning from the Super League in India.

“Since my arrival, I’ve received much support from the staff who have made me feel very welcome in my new role.

“I know Pearcey (Krystian Pearce) from a previous club so that was a friendly face and I’m sure he has clued up the boys on my training ethos and style.

“The gaffer has an incredible work ethic and a philosophy which speaks for itself with nine promotions achieved.

“I have my standards and will deliver only the best for the football club to reach League One. Now the hard work starts.”

A high performance specialist and advanced strength and conditioning, currently working towards a Masters degree, Lee has worked as head of performance for Notts County and has also led medical departments at Barnet, Luton Town, Wimbledon and Boston United.

He spent time working for the Liverpool FC Academy which saw him complete most of his work in Scandinavia and mainland Europe.

Lee also worked with the Antigua Football Association where he took full control of medical affairs. This role led to him overseeing the national sports of volleyball, athletics and cricket.

When Paul Ince took over as Notts County boss in 2010, Lee was brought in as head of performance until Ince left the club in 2011.

Following his departure from Meadow Lane, he moved across the globe to take up the position of head of the high performance department for Hyundai A-League side Wellington Phoenix.

A year later, the former Maidstone United footballer returned to the UK to be the lead sports therapist for the Egypt Paralympic Track and Field team at London 2012.

Lee then opened Physiofix Sports Injury & Wellbeing Clinic, which specialises in lower limb biomechanics, musculoskeletal and soft tissue treatment, functional rehabilitation, exercise prescription and weight management.

Lee then returned to Notts County and helped to steer them to safety in League One under the stewardship of Shaun Derry.

Since leaving the Magpies, Taylor has enjoyed an exciting two years in India.

He has been working in the new Hero Indian Super League, firstly as high performance manager for North East United, before most recently becoming performance specialist with FC Pune City.