The Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club were delighted to hear the news that Gareth Taylor has been named as the new head coach of Manchester City Women.
We thought that a little guide to Gareth’s career may be helpful to those City supporters who are not aware of his record.
Gareth is 47 years of age and had an extensive playing career. After starting out in the youth team at Southampton, he played for many clubs including Bristol Rovers, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Nottingham Forest to name just a few. He was also recognised at international level and earned 15 senior caps for Wales.
In the sky blue of Manchester City, Gareth made 48 appearances between 1998 and 2001 which as many Blues will know, is a very pivotal era in our recent history. Gareth was in the team for one of the most famous and fondly remembered games, the 1999 Second Division play-off final victory over Gillingham at the old Wembley Stadium.
Being around the club at such a time will certainly have given Gareth a feel for the passion that we all have for our club. From September 2011, Gareth embarked on a coaching career with City, initially working with the club in Dubai before taking charge of the Under-16s men’s academy side. Most recently, Gareth has stepped up to take charge of the Under-18s set up. He has brought silverware too with the last two seasons’ Under-18 Premier League Cups claimed. His teams have played in the positive, possession driven style that we all now recognise as ‘The City Way’.
Gareth has revealed during an interview with the club’s official media team that he has been in talks with our Head of Women’s Football, Gavin Makel, both before and during lockdown about the role and he has no doubt chatted to his predecessor Nick Cushing too. His academy background means that he arrives in the job from a similar pathway to Nick.
It was also reported today that Alan Mahon, who was Nick’s assistant, will be continuing in that role and that will provide some continuity which can only be good for the team .
All of this is great news. We are delighted to welcome Gareth as our our new head coach and we wish him every success in the role. We cannot wait until the time is right for us to return to games and give Gareth and the team our vocal support.
Dave Sheel on behalf of the Manchester City Women OSC Committee.