Former Clarets Defender Appointed Walsall Manager

Matthew Taylor Is the New Head Coach At the Bank’s Stadium

Walsall Football Club are this afternoon announced the appointment of former Burnley defender Matthew Taylor as their new Head Coach on 1st June 2021. Taylor, who will be assisted at the Banks’s Stadium by former Blackpool manager Neil McDonald who will join the Saddlers as First Team Coach.

Matthew Taylor joins the club from Tottenham Hotspur, where he has been part of the coaching staff at the Premier League club concentrating on the performance of Spurs’ young talent. He also had a brief spell as Swindon Town’s interim manager in 2018 after the departure of David Flitcroft. A year later, he acquired his UEFA Pro License and has been working at Spurs since 2019.

As a player, Taylor represented Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and Burnley making over 300 Premier League appearances. He has also had spells playing in the Football League with Luton Town, Northampton Town and Swindon Town. The new Head Coach will see out the remainder of the campaign at Spurs before arriving at the Banks’s Stadium. 

Speaking about has appointment Matthew Taylor said, “I am looking forward to the new challenge and delighted to have been named as the club’s new Head Coach. I’m really pleased to join the club as with a lot of things in football they move fast and this is no exception. I’m extremely honoured to be given the opportunity to be the new manager of Walsall Football Club and I’m really excited. In football and life, a lot of it is about timing and in my opinion it’s very good timing.

The club, the owner and the Technical Director want the opportunity to bring success to Walsall Football Club and I hope I can be part of that. Winning football matches is never easy but what I’ve learnt in the last two years gives me an opportunity to build a style of play that the fans resonate with and enjoy watching, with the aim of delivering positive results on the pitch.

It’s about building an identity as a club that the football team can replicate on the pitch, one thing I can guarantee to all the supporters is their team will always give 100% on the pitch because as a player I was always that way. As a coach I will always be that way and therefore I expect the players to reflect that.”

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