Gareth Taylor Profile
|Born||Feb 25, 1973|
After representing the men's team in his playing days, Gareth Taylor is currently the head coach of Manchester City women in the FA Women's Super League.
Gareth Taylor is an English soccer manager and former player. In his career, Taylor played for Manchester City, as well as Bristol Rovers, Gloucester City, Weymouth, Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers, Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Crewe Alexandra, Tranmere Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Carlisle United and Wrexham.
Taylor earned 15 caps for the Welsh national team, scoring once. He won the 2020 FA Women's Cup while in charge of Manchester City.
Gareth Taylor's playing career
Taylor began his playing career with Southampton as a youngster, but did not make any first team appearances for the Saints.
He was then signed by Bristol Rovers, although they loaned him out to Gloucester City and then Weymouth. Taylor featured regularly as a striker in the 1994/95 season for Bristol Rovers, scoring 12 goals as the team made the Second Division play-offs, eventually losing 2-1 to Huddersfield Town at Wembley.
After a promising start to the 1995/96 season, Taylor moved to Crystal Palace, where he struggled to make an impact. He was allowed to join Sheffield United, scoring 12 goals in 1996/97 and 10 the following season. The Blades lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace in the 1997 play-off final and went out to Sunderland in the semi-final the following year.
Taylor moved to Manchester City in 1998, spending three years with the Citizens. He was on City's books when they gained back-to-back promotions, but he struggled for game-time in Division One and failed to make a Premier League appearance.
After loan moves to Port Vale, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley, Taylor moved to Burnley on a permanent basis in July 2001.
The 2001/02 season was particularly successful for Taylor as he scored 16 goals despite suffering from an ankle injury. In 2002/03, he scored 17 goals in 50 appearances.
Taylor joined Nottingham Forest under Paul Hart in 2003 and was initially successful, albeit in a struggling side. He was made captain by Gary Megson during the 2004/05 season, during which he scored 11 goals, but it wasn't enough to prevent Forest from relegation to League One.
Amid rumours of players having strained relationships with Megson, Taylor was stripped of the captaincy during the 2005/06 season and allowed to go on loan to Crewe Alexandra in January 2006. He joined Tranmere Rovers ahead of the 2006/07 season.
By his own accounts, Taylor enjoyed his time at Tranmere after recovering from a broken jaw sustained at the beginning of his debut season.
On January 31, 2008, he joined Doncaster Rovers on loan andthe deal was made permanent on February 6. He helped Doncaster gain promotion to the Championship, but his 2008/09 season was hindered by an early hamstring injury. He was released from his contract on May 7, 2009 after a month-long loan spell at Carlisle United.
He moved to Wrexham in June 2009 and transitioned into coaching during a two-year spell there before officially hanging up his boots.
Gareth Taylor and Wales
Taylor was born in England, but qualified to play for Wales due to his father having been born there.
He played a bit-part role for the national team, featuring in 2002 World Cup qualifying and playing a stand-in role when John Hartson was injured over the years. He scored his only international goal in a 4-0 friendly win over Scotland at the Millennium Stadium in 2004.
Gareth Taylor and Manchester City Women
In September 2011, Taylor was appointed as a coach at Manchester City, being tasked with nurturing talent in Dubai.
He became under-16 coach in 2012 and then Manchester City's women's coach in May 2020.
Upon his arrival, Taylor said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have joined Manchester City Women and I'm extremely excited about the challenge ahead with a very talented group of players and staff who have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years.
"I'm really honoured to have been appointed to this role and I can't wait to get started with our preparations for another thrilling and competitive season.
"I've been very fortunate to have worked with some great people within Manchester City and the club's academy so far, but I'm absolutely relishing my new role within City Football Group and I'll be giving everything I have to continue Manchester City's success and growth in the women's game."
Of his appointment, the club's Head of Women's Football, Gavin Makel, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Gareth into the role of Manchester City Women's head coach. Over the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to see first-hand the qualities that Gareth possesses. Not only in terms of his abilities as a coach who develops individuals, but also in the way that he leads, whilst exuberating the values and ethos that we hold dear as a club."
The 2020/21 season saw Manchester City locked in perennial battle with Chelsea in the FA Women's Super League title race.
They made the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, although they were then eliminated by a ruthless Barcelona side.
"I thought we had to go out and chase the game, be aggressive and take the game to them. We knew there would be chances," said Taylor after his side won the second leg 2-1, but lost 4-2 on aggregate.
"I was proud of our performance today, I thought the girls left everything out there.
"Obviously it was difficult when we conceded, but I thought the fightback from there was great, we created some more chances and went ahead, and still fought to the end.
"I think it's a positive in winning the game, we just came up a little bit short."
When asked if Barcelona's Leila Ouahabi should have been sent off, he said: "Potentially, yeah.
"I thought it wasn't a great standard of refereeing today if I'm honest, on a few of the decisions. There were a few niggly fouls after the event which weren't picked up on.
"There's a potential for that to happen and obviously if they lose a player that makes the game a bit easier for us. But I think at that point, once they scored the away goal, it was obviously an uphill battle for us."
Gareth Taylor's net worth
It is unknown how much Taylor is worth, but in his heyday as a player, Crystal Palace reportedly paid around £1.25million for his services.