Hakimwill give Taylor his best
CONFERENCE STEVENAGE Borough striker Paul Hakim believes the appointment of former England manager Peter Taylor will give him a new lease of life at the Blue Square Premier title hopefuls.
The 25-year-old marksman was loaned to Conference rivals Woking by former boss Mark Simpson. He returned to Boro just before Simpson was sacked and started Taylor’s first game in charge, last weekend’s 2-0 win at Northwich Victoria.
Hakim, a former Wingate & Finchley player, believes he can play his best football under the man who gave David Beckham the captain’s armband.
“It was a very high profile appointment,” Hakim told JC Sport. “I was surprised and excited when I heard the news. Peter has worked with the best players in the country. He is very well respected as a coach at the highest level so I feel privileged and will give him my best.
“I feel that my game has improved each year during which time I have stepped up a level. I am sure he will bring out the best in me. He has given me a new lease of life as under the old manager I was not getting a lookin. Now I am back in contention and starting games. Peter has wiped the slate clean which is good news for me. Everyone is very eager to impress and he has shown very modern training techniques.
“From what I have seen over the last few days he can only help me as a player and Stevenage as a team. He believes in the squad and that we are strong enough to challenge for the title.”