MATT Taylor says all he will ask of the Swindon Town players is total commitment to the cause while he is in charge of first-team affairs.

Taylor had overseen the final few days of Town’s preparation for today’s scheduled League Two clash at home to Yeovil Town but the club’s new interim manager will now have to wait for his first game in charge after that was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

It is not yet known how long Taylor will remain at the helm at the Energy Check County Ground as the club seek a permanent successor to David Flitcroft following his decision to quit and take up the reins at fourth tier rivals Mansfield Town this week.

For however long he retains responsibility for first-team affairs, Taylor will expect nothing less than the players’ very best efforts.

“It is about every single player giving their all and 100 per cent commitment to everything that is asked of them, and that includes me,” said Taylor.

“I can’t ask for any more than that and that is all I tell my kids every day: If you give your best and try your best, your Dad can’t argue with you’.

“That is exactly the same message that I have given to the players.

“All I can ask for is everything they have got and if we give everything we have got then hopefully good things could happen.

“We will be working hard behind the scenes but all I can say is any team that goes out while I am interim manager, I will expect nothing other than 100 per cent effort and the attitude to be spot on.

“I think the boys respect me enough from the time I have been here to give me everything.”

Taylor inherits a Town team in a strong position as they currently occupy a spot in the League Two play-off places.

The 36-year-old says the team can only afford to worry about themselves as they prepare to enter the crucial final run-in.

“Every team in this league, probably bar those from 10th to 14th, have something to play but I would say this against any opposition we come up against, what the focus has got to be now is about us,” said Taylor.

“We will give teams the respect they deserve, we will prepare correctly for the game, we will scout them and know all we can about them, but ultimately it is about us.

“It is about the players removing the shackles and going out and playing football. We are not far away.”