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Matt Taylor 'Honoured' to Be Given Walsall Opportunity

The Saddlers' new Head Coach has spoken of his delight as he prepares to guide the team into 2021/22.
Matthew Taylor delighted to take charge.
Following the news that he will be joining the club from Tuesday, 1st June, new Head Coach Matthew Taylor has spoken to club journalists and welcomed the opportunity to take charge.

Taylor, who will be assisted by former Blackpool manager and Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, and West Ham United coach, Neil McDonald, joins the club from Tottenham Hotspur, where he has been part of the coaching staff which concentrates on improving the performance of young talent.

The 39-year-old also had a brief spell as Swindon Town’s interim manager in 2018 following 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 in the Premier League, making over 300 appearances. He also had spells at Luton Town, Northampton Town, and Swindon Town in the EFL.

Taylor, who will replace the recently sacked Brian Dutton at the helm, admitted he is looking forward to the challenge and is delighted to have been named as the club’s new Head Coach.

Speaking via the club's official website, Matthew said; "I’m very happy 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 Head Coach of Walsall 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 back 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 of what we are and that the football team on the pitch replicates this on the pitch.

"One thing I can guarantee to all the supporters is their team will always give 100 per cent on the pitch because as a player, I was always that way and as a coach, I’m always that way and therefore I expect the players to reflect that."

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