Hakimwill give Tay­lor his best

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

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.”

Up­beat: Hakim

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