Maik Taylor Named as Walsall's New Goalkeeping Coach

Walsall FC have today confirmed the appointment of Maik Taylor as the club's new Goalkeeping coach, taking on the previously vacant role just in time for the club's return to pre-season training later this month.
The 47-year-old becomes the latest addition to manager Darrell Clarke’s backroom staff, following the appointments of former Bristol Rovers duo, Marcus Stewart and Brian Dutton who followed Clarke to the Black Country.

Hildesheim-born Taylor enjoyed a lengthy playing career turning out for the likes of Barnet, Southampton, Fulham, Birmingham City and Millwall, joins the club following the departure of Michael Oakes, who left the club following the appointment of Darrell Clarke.

Taylor has over 600 competitive appearances to his name, including nearly 90 international caps for his country over a twelve-year period. The goalkeeper enjoyed his most successful spell as a player with the Blues, making over two-hundred appearances and he featured on the bench when Alex McLeishs’ side won the formerly known Carling Cup in February 2011.

Previous to taking up his new role with the Saddlers, Taylor studied for his UEFA B Licence and UEFA A Licence and was appointed as Northern Ireland’s goalkeeping coach in 2013. Most recently, Taylor was part of the Bradford City set-up from March 2019 until the end of the campaign.

Following the news of Taylor's appointment, Walsall boss Darrell Clarke spoke to club journalists and welcomed the expreienced stopper to the club, he said; "His experience was a key factor in my decision. He was a top class goalkeeper during his playing days but he has also worked with some top class goalkeepers as well.

"When we get him out on the grass to coach the lads, we will be looking to use that experience and he will be working hard to improve our goalkeepers throughout the club and I know he will be a very useful addition.

"Maik will be working hard with our goalkeepers over the course of the season. The goalkeeping coach is an important part of the team and the backroom staff and I am really pleased that we have managed to get things sorted.

"I spoke to quite a few people about the post but Maik was the standout candidate."
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