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AFC Wimbledon: Appoint Nick Daws

The name Nick Daws might be familiar to you. Especially if you are a fan or follower of Scunthorpe United (yes the same team who parted company with Stuart McCall yesterday).

Nick Daws has recently been appointed Head of Recruitment at AFC Wimbledon.

When these appointments are made it is usually against the back drop of the manager not knowing anything about it, or if he did, then not being very happy about it and its fair to say that it has been the cause of a few managerial departures.

However, in AFC Wimbledon’s case, it is a case of the opposite being true.

Daws’ appointment was made on the back of AFC Wimbledon trying to broaden their scouting network, following the appointment of Wally Downes back in December. Downes himself has a very good coaching CV, not to mention a wealth of experience, so AFC Wimbledon are fortunate to have him, but for a coach of his calibre, its surprising no one else had offered him a role.

With Nick Daws on board, it means that AFC Wimbledon can now seek to build a ‘profile team’ i.e. one that fits a certain type of player profile. Young fit and hungry, as opposed to the peice meal team which they strung together last year, a team which nearly back fired.

AFC Wimbledon have suffered with inconsistent form, similar to last season, but that has changed in recent weeks and many would still back them to beat the drop.

Daws’ experience will be invaluable, both behind the scenes, which is his primary focus, with establishing a scouting network, but perhaps from time to time on the coaching side, to add his experience to an already well-prepared managment team.

Nick Daws hasn’t managed a football team since leaving Scunthorpe, but his record there was a good one, given that Scunthorpe are known to lose patience with their managers pretty quickly, so for AFC Wimbledon to pick up a coach of his calibre is testament to their board’s desire to push onwards and upwards.

How much do you think Nick Daws can improve AFC Wimbledon?

Are Ipswich Town set to sign this prolific striker on a free transfer this summer?

Ipswich Town are already plotting their future with news this week coming out that the clubs owner Marcus Evans is set to make a decision on manager Mick McCarthy’s future and now reports are circulating that the club are looking at signing AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor this summer.

The ‘Tractor Boys’ are set to face competition for the ‘Dons’ striker signature and its easy to see why. Taylor has found the back of the net on 15 occasions already this season and with his contract coming to an end this summer, this could be a lure for clubs to race to sign him.

It’s the third season on the run that Taylor has hit double figures with goals and as well as being able to play as a central striker the 27-year-old can also play on either wing offering versatility to his game.

With the club starting to look towards signings for the summer does this suggest that Mick McCarthy is set to stay on as manager beyond the end of the season?

This is something for sure that Taylor would want to know before joining the ‘Tractor Boys’ so he knows the manager who brings him to the football club has a future and also so he knows he features in his plans longterm.

If Ipswich do go ahead and sign Taylor this summer, then he will have to take his opportunity when he gets it, as the club already have 5 strikers on their books in the first team.

Ipswich Town fans would you like to see Lyle Taylor at Portman Road next season? Will your club offload another striker to bring him in? Let us know in the comments section…