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Results will follow hard work

21 September 2012

New first team coach Steve Taylor says City players are capable of achieving

New first team coach Steve Taylor says he will be an advocate of a strong work ethic to make the most of the talent the Sky Blues have on the training pitch.

The 42-year-old joins new manager Mark Robins' backroom staff alongside assistant manager Richard Shaw, Under 21s coach Lee Carsley and goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic and he said he was relishing the challenge.

"The players know exactly what we expect and that's 100 per cent. Training will be different every day but will expect the maximum from every player and every individual," he said.

"Hopefully with the first two days training that we've had we've seen that. 

"There is no truer saying that hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard and I've only been here two days but today was better than yesterday and there's certainly enough about the players here to do better than they have been doing.

"They just have to have that mental toughness and take responsibility for their own performance. If you have 11 players doing that then results will follow.

"We've had yesterday and today with the players to get amongst them and try to get a smile back on their faces because it's key that they enjoy coming into work.

"That's the first thing we noticed with them and you have to get them smiling again because that's the way you get the best out of them."

Taylor links up with new City boss Robins for the third time having worked with him previously at Rotherham United and Barnsley, a working relationship he said came courtesy of their respective wives.

"We first met through our wives in Spain and we have been very good friends, he is superb to work with and we work closely together," he said.

"I had 20 years coaching experience at Derby County before I joined Mark at Rotherham, moving with him to Barnsley and now Coventry and working with him is great and I'm looking forward to that continuing.

"I also played against Mark when I was at Derby and he was at Manchester United and I scored against them on one particular day but we don't tend to mention that too much anymore."

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