A chip off the old block
New Chesham joint-manager is set to follow in his father’s illustrious footsteps
Talbot junior took another step towards life in the dugout last month when returning to EvoStik Southern League Premier side The Generals alongside joint-manager Jon Meakes.
Never an easy transition, the 33-year-old has the advantage over most in that former Ipswich, Arsenal and England man Talbot Snr is on the end of the phone. Brian Talbot went on to manage West Brom and Rushden & Diamonds, among others, after hanging up his boots.
While Danny says the old man is usually simply ‘dad,’ he does come with footballing benefits.
“I speak to my dad every day because we have a very close relationship,” said Danny. “A lot of the time I don’t think about the football side of things – it is just a normal father-son relationship.
“He is no different to other dads in a lot of ways because he always supports me and gives me the best advice.
“But his experience in football is something I’m very fortunate to be able to talk to him about.
“If I have any issues in football, the first call I make is to dad.”
Talbot took little persuading to return to the club he first kicked a ball for in 2007, calling the decision “a no-brainer.”
“The opportunity came out of the blue but to get the opportunity to come back was always something I hoped would happen at the end of my playing career,” added United’s new joint boss. “Once I spoke to the board and Jon Meakes, it was about the club’s ambition to go on and achieve, plus it was a step up from Dunstable where I was assistant.”
Not that Talbot has had a chance to get acquainted with the dugout yet.
The departures of Darren Purse and Mat Mitchel-King, Drew Roberts’ decision to stand down for the rest of the campaign and injuries elsewhere in the squad mean Danny’s kept his boots on for the first two games of his tenure, including Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Basingstoke, the Generals’ fourth defeat in a row.
Whether he continues midfield duties in the longer term is undecided but it is likely he will be pressed into service again for Saturday’s home game against Biggleswade.
“Dad always advised me to play for as long as I can and I’m only 33, so still feel I can play, but I don’t want that to be a distraction from management duties,” added Danny. “It is needs must at the moment as we are light on bodies.”
Basingstoke – who have announced a provisional groundsharing agreement with Farnborough next season as the Camrose is likely to be sold to developers – went into a 3-0 lead as Ashleigh Artwell strikes on 35 and 52 minutes sandwiched one from Aaron Redford four minutes after half time. Chesham hit back through Sam Youngs, on 76 minutes, and Curtis Ujah with five minutes remaining, and might have snatched a draw had they taken their opportunities late on.