A chip off the old block

New Che­sham joint-man­ager is set to fol­low in his fa­ther’s il­lus­tri­ous foot­steps

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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.

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