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READ | Getting to know... Matt Taylor

5 October 2022

Club News

READ | Getting to know... Matt Taylor

5 October 2022

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Matt Taylor is the new manager of Rotherham United, having been officially unveiled on Tuesday 4th October, brining to an end a success-ladened four-year stint at Exeter City.

The 40-year-old parted company with the Grecians to make the move to AESSEAL New York Stadium and will be hoping to continue his upward trajectory on the rung of the managerial ladder.

Following a 16-year playing career, which included spells with City, Charlton Athletic and Cheltenham Town, Taylor first went into management with Exeter in 2018, replacing long-serving boss, Paul Tisdale.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new man in the Millers dugout…

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Playing career

Despite playing as a centre back throughout his professional career, Taylor actually began as a goalkeeper, playing between the sticks firstly for Everton’s academy before enjoying spells in non-league with the likes of Burscough, Matlock Town, Hucknall Town and Halifax Town.

He tasted success during his time with Burscough, lifting the FA Trophy in front of a crowd of 14,000 in 2003.

It would be during his time with Halifax that manager Ged Roddy would chose to deploy him as a centre back in a season which would finish with Taylor being named the Players' Player of the Year.

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His talent wouldn’t go unnoticed, as he earned a move to Exeter City in the June of 2007, winning his first promotion with the club the same year, overcoming Cambridge United in the National League Play-off final, to win promotion to the EFL.

Taylor and the Grecians were not done there and they would be tasting the sweet success of promotion the following year, finishing runners-up in Sky Bet League Two, incidentally sealing promotion with a 1-0 victory over the Millers at Don Valley Stadium.

His Exeter story would be paused for a switch to the capital, after being snapped up by Charlton Athletic following he expiration of his contract. He quickly established himself as a mainstay in the Addicks side, cementing his place at the heart of defence as they won promotion from League One to the second tier in 2012. He got his first taste of Championship football the following year, helping the Londoners to 9th.

Single-season spells with Bradford City, Cheltenham Town and Newport County followed until 2016 when the defender began to wind down his playing career, joining Bath City where he would take his first steps in coaching, as a player-coach.  

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Managerial career

The former defender had been working towards a career in management throughout his time as a player, earning himself a Sport Development Coaching Bachelor’s degree back in 2003 to 2006, before getting a Master’s degree later on in his playing career.

His coaching career took him back to where it all began in a professional sense, with the former skipper returning to Exeter City in the autumn of 2016 as a defensive coach, and following this as U23s manager, leading City to a successful U23 Premier League Cup campaign.

His work in the club’s youth setup would not go unnoticed and he was given his first chance in management when long-serving boss Paul Tisdale departed. Taylor was appointed manager in 2018 and wasted no time hitting the ground running, being nominated for the EFL League Two Manager of the Month for August.

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An encouraging first season at the helm would end with his side missing out on the Play-offs by a solitary point but the more was the come a season later.

August 2019 would see his named among the nominations for the League Tow Manager of the Month award once more and this time, he would land the award, providing further evidence of his progressions on his managerial journey.

Having laid the foundations, Taylor led City to promotion last term, finishing runners-up in League Two following a superb season and his side had hit the ground running upon their return to the third tier, with the 4-0 win over Forest Green proving to be Taylor’s 100th in charge.

His success had not gone unnoticed within the footballing community and he was identified as the young, ambitious and intelligent manager that the Millers’ Board were searching for to replace the departing Paul Warne.

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