Ebbsfleet United have added to their new performance structure with the appointment of Lee ‘LT’ Taylor to the position of Head of Performance at the Kuflink Stadium.
A hugely experienced professional in elite high-performance, LT’s remit will see him design and oversee all areas of sports science, strength and conditioning, fitness, nutrition, video and data performance analysis and preparation and rehabilitation duties within the club.
LT’s track record goes back more than 25 years and he has provided performance therapy and coaching in the UK and beyond in a career that has included spells with Leyton Orient, Barnet, Luton Town, the ‘Crazy Gang’ at Wimbledon, the Liverpool FC Academy, Boston United, Notts County, Mansfield Town and most recently Peterborough United.
After playing for Maidstone United as a teenager, LT started out at Scarborough in the late 1980s, becoming the Football League’s youngest ever first-team physio.
Outside of the UK, the well-travelled Taylor has worked for the Antigua Football Federation, Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand and the Egyptian 2012 Paralympic track and field team while having also coached Northeast United and FC Pune City in the Indian Super League. His expertise is not only confined to football, having looked after national athletes in other sports including boxing, volleyball, athletics and cricket.
LT, whose father is former West Ham defender and 1975 FA Cup Final winner Tommy Taylor, is a UEFA B coach and is renowned for preparation and injury mitigation, treating regularly some of the biggest names in the Premier League and other elite sportsmen and women.
Ebbsfleet United said of the appointment: “Lee’s appointment is fundamental to the new standards, discipline and support we are placing around our squad and club to ensure a thorough, consistent process for our players week in, week out in their full-time environment.”
“Dennis Kutrieb and Lee Taylor have high expectations of our performance as a club in terms of preparation, planning and work ethic which is shared by Director of Football Steve Lovell. Our supporters have high expectations in what they expect from our club in terms of daily commitment and approach and we are installing a high-performance culture that will match their expectations.”
LT, who will form a crucial part of new manager Dennis Kutrieb’s backroom staff, added: “Coming into this club just feels right, even in the short time I’ve been in to look around and the people I have been introduced to so far, everything has felt good and well-organised. What we can do and what we can achieve here is part of the draw for me. It’s about organisation, creativity and honesty; that is what works in a football club and I am very much looking forward to it.”