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Matthew Taylor: "I'm Really Excited to be Given This Opportunity"

Walsall's newest recruit has had his say as he begins life in WS1.
Matt Taylor excited to join the Saddlers.
New Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor has taken part in his first press conference since the club confirmed him as the man to take the club into 2021/22, and discussed the reasons for making the switch to WS1.

Speaking as he begins the tough task of reversing a slide that first saw the Saddlers exit the third tier - for the first time in over a decade - before a mid-table finish was followed up by last season's worst-ever season-ending.

The 39-year-old made over 650 league appearances during a playing career which saw him turn out for the likes of Luton Town, Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United, Burnley, Northampton Town, and Swindon Town.

Although not known to the masses as a coach, the former midfielder opted to leave a position with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in order to take his first steps into management, a decision he insists he is excited to make.

Speaking at his official unveiling, Matt said; "To make the decision to leave Tottenham, I wouldn't want to leave for another position where there's not ambition. Ambition is one of the factors.

"I know as a player and coach that under pressure you tend to knuckle down and work harder.

"All I want to do is get this football club back to a position the chairman and fans want. It's imperative we're open and honest on how we get there. We'll give the fans as much information as we can.

"I wouldn't have come here if the chairman and board of directors didn't' have the vision for the football club that they do.

"I'm really excited to be given this opportunity. I feel that it's the right time, the football club with the right people, more importantly.

"I'm very excited and can't wait to get going. I'm under no illusions that it comes down to winning football matches and that's ultimately what we need to do as a group.

"But, I'm trying to establish a football team that the fans can be proud of. A football team they can resonate with. I've said it previously, it's their team – the fans. It will be great to have them back as well."

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