Leigh Pomlett urges Matthew Taylor to 'shake things up' at Walsall

Walsall chairman Leigh Pomlett wants new head coach Matthew Taylor to ‘shake up’ the Saddlers.

Matthew Taylor at Northampton Town (AMA)
Matthew Taylor at Northampton Town (AMA)

Taylor, 39, has moved to the Banks’s Stadium from Tottenham Hotspur’s youth set-up. And Pomlett is looking for him to leave his mark on the club.

“I have spent a number of hours talking with Matt in recent days and he meets the profile of the head coach I am seeking for Walsall Football Club,” said Pomlett. “Coupled with Neil McDonald and working closely with Jamie Fullarton (technical director), we now have the right set-up to drive the Walsall football agenda forward.

“I do not want more of the same and I am looking for a significant shake-up of the club and believe this is the right team to do it. I welcome Matthew to the club and look forward to his impact.”

Fullarton was tasked with finding the new head coach, and said: “During a thorough recruitment process undertook, Matthew was our stand-out candidate and was our number one target for the role.”

“He has a clear defined vision and detailed plan along with the skill-set and character to drive the club forward in a direction that aligns with the club’s strategy. I am really looking forward to working with Matthew, who will no doubt have a major impact and will create a genuine feeling of optimism among everyone involved with the football club for the coming season.”

Taylor – who came through the ranks at Luton Town to establish himself as a player there – played in the Premier League for Portsmouth, West Ham, Bolton and Burnley.

Famed for being the scorer of spectacular long-range goals – including a goal-of-the-month winner for Portsmouth against Sunderland in October 2005 – Taylor had a brief spell as Swindon interim boss before moving into coaching with the Robins and then Spurs.

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