THE Tayport management team of John McGlashan and Paul Reilly met up with around a dozen supporters for an informal ‘Meet the Manager’ session in the Bell Rock Tavern on Tuesday evening.
With the year drawing to a close, the boss was keen to meet the fans and discuss the season so far.
A whole range of topics was covered during the course of the evening, starting with the make-up of the squad.
“I’m happy with players I have at my disposal, but we’re always looking to improve the overall quality,” said McGlashan.
“I’m not in the market for like-for-like replacements, just for the sake of change, as my current players are all working on our wavelength.
“We do need to improve in the goalscoring department, though.
“Defensively, we are sound, but we haven’t scored enough goals.
“That’s actually been the case at the club for a few years now, so it’s an area where we’re constantly looking to improve.
“We’ve been close to signing a few forwards, but the deals haven’t gone through for various reasons.”
Tayport’s home form has been the subject of some concern and this issue was next to be discussed.
“Nowadays, all teams are well-organised and, away from home, most teams are set up to defend,” said the manager.
“At the Canniepairt, we often face very defensive formations, with opponents relying on set-pieces to threaten us.
“We tend to have the majority of play, without breaking through.
“Also, the players are maybe more tense playing at home.
“Paul and I are emphasising the positives of, for example, the familiarity of playing at home.”
The pitch was mentioned as possible factor, as it is very firm surface, although McGlashan acknowledged that the Canniepairt is one of the better pitches.
In term of size, the width of the park perhaps does not suit, as ‘Port do not currently have great pace in wide areas, but that may change.
McGlashan was willing to discuss individual players, with a focus on the positives.
For instance, the boss was quick to praise Paul Tosh, whose contribution had been questioned in some quarters.
“Paul had a stop-start beginning to his Tayport career,” said McGlashan.
“He picked up a hamstring injury at Armadale, in our first league game.
“He scored in that match, but then made a few more appearances when not fully fit.
“So far, things have not worked out as he would have expected, but he is a very professional influence within the pool.
“He passes on his knowledge to the younger players, takes the warm-ups and generally leads by example. He is keen to do well for the club.”
Talking of professionalism, McGlashan was keen to praise the Tayport committee for their tremendous work behind the scenes.
Both McGlashan and Reilly mirror that professional approach and constantly strive to instil a similar outlook in their players.
That philosophy should enhance Tayport’s chances of achieving success this season and beyond.
Towards the conclusion of the evening, the manager outlined his vision for the future of the club.
McGlashan wants to spread the net wider in his search for new players.
He would like to tap into the amateur ranks, as Tayport initially did, on turning junior back in 1990.
Greater involvement with local youth teams and U19 teams under the umbrella of senior teams is also on the agenda.
All in all, those present would agree that the session was a worthwhile exercise and the club is grateful to John McGlashan and Paul Reilly for willingly giving up their time to meet the supporters.