Manchester City have appointed Gareth Taylor as their new head coach on a three year deal.
Taylor has been in charge of the Manchester City Under 18’s for the past three seasons and succeeds Nick Cushing at the helm.
Taylor was also a player at Manchester City as he featured 55 times for City between 1998 and 2001, including the Club’s famous Division Two Play-Off Final win over Gillingham in 1999.
Speaking to the Manchester City website he 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 Barclays FA WSL season in 2020/21.
“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.”
Manchester City were top of the Women’s Super League when the season was finished due to the coronavirus pandemic but Chelsea were just a point behind and had a game in hand over the Cityzens.
Head of Women’s Football Gavin Makel added: “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.
“I am looking forward to working with Gareth as we enter this new era for the women’s team in which I am confident that we can continue to build upon the successes that we have had over the last six years.
“I would also like to add my thanks to Alan Mahon who stepped up in light of Nick’s departure and who continues to be an integral part of our operation.
Taylor will start his new role immediately and will be assisted by Mahon.