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Gareth Taylor, who was with Burnley from 2001 to 2003, has today been confirmed as the new head coach of Manchester City Women.

Now aged 47, Taylor has been in charge of the Manchester City youth team for the past three years and was in charge recently for their FA Youth Cup quarter-final against Burnley at their Academy Stadium. This came having spent the previous five years overseeing their under-16 team. He will start his new role immediately, replacing another former Claret Alan Mahon who has been in caretaker charge since previous boss Nick Cushing moved to partner club New York City FC.

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 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.”

Having stepped up on a temporary basis, Mahon will resume his role as assistant head coach making it a former Claret double.

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