Manchester City name Gareth Taylor as new Women's team head coach
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Manchester City have announced that U18 coach Gareth Taylor will take over the reins of their women's team at the City Football Academy on a deal that will keep him in the dugout for three years.

It is a similar move to the appointment of Nick Cushing back in 2013, a young talented name who has been given the opportunity to improve with a senior team.

He made 50 appearances with the blues in his playing days as part of a rather nomadic career that saw him have spells with many clubs in the English football pyramid.

Recruiting from within

English football, both in the men's and women's game has had a systemic issue of a managerial merry-go-round of a handful of big names, with young coaches rarely getting their chance to shine.

Manchester City, however, are going against the trend with the appointment of Gareth Taylor and it could pay dividends. 

Taylor, although he has not managed a senior club before, has a wealth of experience with the men's team and he now has his chance to impress with the professional women's side.

Other countries follow the model of recruiting young coaches much more than England and they reap the benefits. The appointment of Jurgen Klopp at Mainz in the early 2000s was unexpected, but it started a trend of giving young coaches chances in Germany which has lead to the fruition of names like Julian Nagelsmann.

Cushing's replacement

Gareth Taylor will have big shoes to fill at the City Football Academy, only the second head coach that the club has had since they joined the WSL in 2013.

Nick Cushing became a large part of the setup at the Etihad Campus, famously guiding the club to a domestic treble in 2016, but departed in May of this year to make a move to the men's game as assistant at fellow City Football Group club New York City FC.

Alan Mahon had taken over on an interim basis since then whilst the club looked for a replacement and will now go back to being assistant.

The former Wales international who featured for Manchester City's men's side in the club's famous Division Two play-off final win over Gillingham in 1999 brings with him over 650 games of professional experience as a footballer. He has not managed a senior club before and this will be his first step into the women's game