Job link is water under the bridge' - Daish's Fleet focus after Cambridge re-appoint Ling
PUBLISHED: 11:27 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 23 August 2010
LIAM Daish has drawn a line under the whole Cambridge United saga after Martin Ling was re-appointed as manager at the Abbey Stadium yesterday (Wednesday) morning. It was claimed by ex-Us chairman George Rolls earlier this week that the Fleet boss was al
LIAM Daish has drawn a line under the whole Cambridge United saga after Martin Ling was re-appointed as manager at the Abbey Stadium yesterday (Wednesday) morning.
It was claimed by ex-Us chairman George Rolls earlier this week that the Fleet boss was allegedly "going to be appointed the manager of Cambridge United" last month, only for Ebbsfleet to change "the goalposts in terms of the compensation they wished to have."
Daish did not wish to be drawn on any exchanges that may, or may not, have taken place at boardroom level, yet was adamant the matter was now closed in his eyes.
"That was between the two clubs and I cannot comment on other people's conversations," he told the Reporter of his reported links to the vacancy at Cambridge, who beat the Fleet 3-1 in midweek.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's all water under the bridge and finished now."
Ebbsfleet began their Blue Square Premier (BSP) campaign with a creditable 1-1 draw up at Altrincham last Saturday.
Debutant James Lindie buried a 59th-minute equaliser to cancel out the hosts' opener from Chris Senior, yet Daish was left bemused when referee Peter Bankes chalked off Darius Charles' late 'winner.'
"It was a good point and the team kneaded well," he said. "The other players took a bit of time to get adjusted to what this level of football is about.
"But, as the game went on, we looked stronger, passed the ball well and deserved a point and possibly all three.
"It is always pleasing coming back from a goal down, especially away from home as well, and we went 2-1 ahead in the end - although the referee saw something...I don't know what.
"We looked fairly solid and decent going forward - we carried a threat at times - so it was good."
The Stonebridge Road club host Kidderminster Harriers this Saturday and then travel to Stevenage Borough next Tuesday evening.
Two established BSP opponents is not exactly what any side would ideally want after garnering just one point from a possible six in their opening two matches.
There can be no doubt however that the fixture compilers at Conference HQ have hardly been kind to Daish's men at this early stage of proceedings - a fact he readily concedes.
"It's been a tough start for us, with a trip to Altrincham, Cambridge at home and now these two games - so we're straight into it," he added.