Matt Taylor was officially announced as head coach of Walsall Football Club on May 19, 2021 arriving at the club after serving three years as coach of the Tottenham Hotspur U18 team.
Prior to his stint with Spurs, Taylor was in charge of Swindon Town for one game against Cheltenham in March 2018, being tabbed interim head coach until the appointment of Phil Brown just days later. After that, Taylor would work as player-coach for the club until his move to London in July 2019.
In his weekly media prior to the Carabao Cup first round matchup, head coach Matt Taylor shared his thoughts on the weekend’s performance at Tranmere Rovers, having fans back inside the rounds and the opposition that Doncaster Rovers will play against his side on Tuesday.
Head coach Matt Taylor:
On the loss to Tranmere Rovers…
“Well, I’m disappointed we lost the game. But it’s promising signs. I thought Tyrese [Shade] was very good and very direct. At times, I wanted him to be a little more so. But it’s his first professional appearance. We are extremely disappointed we lost the game, but it’s the first game of the season. There’s 45 more league games.”
On what his team needs to work on moving forward…
“It’s the finer details in football that shape whether you’re successful or unsuccessful in reaching your aspirations for the season. We’ve got plenty to work on. I’d like the players to be slightly braver in possession. But on the whole, by the result [versus Tranmere Rovers], I’m relatively pleased.”
On Doncaster Rovers …
“What you want to do in football, a lot of the time, is try and build momentum. I think momentum comes from good performances. Momentum comes from scoring goals and winning games. And that’s ultimately what we’re going to try and do.
“That’s the great thing about football…it’s relentless. So, now we’ve got another chance to play the game on Tuesday.
“The players have now got to be professional in their approach to the game on Tuesday.
"It's great for us that we have got a home tie in the first round against a team in a higher division than ours.
"Doncaster Rovers will offer us a really challenging test and it will be a good occasions for us."