Walsall Sack Head Coach Matt Taylor

head coach Matt Taylor

Walsall have sacked head coach Matt Taylor following a seven-game losing run.

Taylor had been in charge since May 2021 following a spell as Tottenham Hotspur U18 boss.

Walsall Part Ways With Head Coach Matt Taylor

Scunthorpe United Loss the Final Straw

Walsall sit 21st in the League Two table, just four points clear of safety and have lost seven games in a row – most recently a 1-0 loss to 10-man Scunthorpe United which proved the final straw. Scunthorpe sit bottom of the league and last night’s win for The Iron puts Walsall’s football league place in greater danger.

Walsall added four names to their squad in January including Manchester United left-back Reece Devine on loan. Those additions have failed to spark life into the side and create results and subsequently, the club will now head in another direction.

The club have announced Neil McDonald and Mat Sadler will take charge of first-team affairs on a temporary basis whilst a replacement for Taylor is found.

In a statement on saddlers.co.uk they added: “We would like to thank Matt for his efforts and wish him well in the future.”

Chairman Admits He Didn’t Want to Sack Matt Taylor

Following Taylor’s dismissal, Walsall chairman Leigh Pomlett has admitted it was a difficult decision, saying, as cited by expressandstar.com: “After the loss to Scunthorpe, I had a conversation with Matt, and we decided to part company.

“I didn’t want to, if I’m honest with you.

“It was a very difficult situation to be in as I have a huge amount of regard for Matt – his integrity, honesty and sheer hard work.

“But he knows, as I know and you know, the fact is we’ve lost seven games on the bounce. At all sorts of levels, that’s not acceptable to me, to the club, or the supporters.”

Walsall host Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, February 12, as they look to end their losing run.

 

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