Adam Murray’s appointment as Mansfield Town manager has given winger Rob Taylor a new lease of life.
Previous boss Paul Cox, with his more direct style, rarely used Taylor as an out-and-out winger, preferring to use him occasionally at left wing back.
But with Murray electing to go with proper wingers, Taylor said ahead of Saturday’s visit of Cheltenham Town, that the chance of boss has been a breath of fresh air.
“It has benefited me and in the long term it’s going to benefit the club,” he said.
“Muzza has been here a long time so he knows the club like the back of his hand. He has probably had ideas at the back of his head how he wanted to change stuff. Now he is able to implement them.
“He wants us to play more attractive football and that’s how we want to play.
“I can play left back but I prefer to be going forward. Under the old manager I don’t think I was utilised properly.
“I have played wing back before and done quite well. But we were quite defensive-minded and it was almost like playing five at the back. That’s not the way to get the best out of me. I wasn’t given a fair chance and now I hope people can now see what I am all about.
“I think the old school way of getting crosses into the box is still the best way.
“We have been chuffed to bits with the management change and the style he is going with.
“I don’t think any fans want to see long ball football so they will be delighted with the change.”
He added: “The boys are enjoying their football in training and on a Saturday. That’s the best way to get results when they are enjoying it.
“It is still early days yet and we are working on shape and strategy. But each week we hope to get stronger and better.
“I was at Vale since I turned pro, about six years, so coming here was a weird one. At the start of the season I thought I was doing well and then for one reason and another I got ill and wasn’t happy with my performances and can only blame myself for that. It didn’t quite work out.
“Luckily for me the change of manager has come at the right time with the transfer window coming up. It’s been a breath of fresh air for me and now I am looking forward to holding my position down.”