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Favourites to become new Shrewsbury Town manager as club sacks head coach Matt Taylor

We take a look at the favourites to become new Shrewsbury Town manager as the League One club sacks head coach Matt Taylor.

He departs having picked up seven defeats in his last eight games across all competitions as well as currently having the worst goal-scoring record in the EFL, with 18 goals in 28 games.

Salop needed to change something, having dropped closer to the drop zone, sitting 19th with 30 points from 28 games played, 7 points above the drop zone but have played more matches than those around them.


It is with regret that Shrewsbury Town have decided to part company with head coach Matt Taylor.

Matt arrived at the Croud Meadow in June and has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity.

But following a run that has seen us lose seven of our last eight games, the club feels a change is needed to improve results and performances on the pitch.

Alongside Matt, assistant head coach Marcus Bignot has also left the club.

Town would like to wish both Matt and Marcus the best of luck for the future.

We will now begin the search for a new head coach.

“First half I thought we were excellent,” he said after defeat to Peterborough at the weekend, as per Shropshire Star.

“We probably edged the first half and away at Peterborough that is never easy to do.

“The first goal they score you understand that they have really good players who can produce those moments.

“But to be stood here now after losing this game of football off a set play is unacceptable.

“We have had chances in the second half. I felt that the performance was good today you know for large spells we were on top.

“For large spells, we got the shape right out of possession. I thought Tom Bloxham came back into the team and was excellent.

“At the end of the day, the performance was good, but the result is not. For us to concede from a set play where we spend a lot of time working on them.

“If you are given a role and a responsibility you have to do it, and we did not do that today, so that is the reason we have lost the game of football.

“I should be talking to you about a point, but how many times have I said that this season.

“We have scored away from home, but I am still standing here talking to you about not getting the result that we want, so disappointed it is really difficult to accept that one.”

On their form, he adds: “Yeah it is disappointing. We cannot control what other teams do, we can only control what we do.

“To lose seven out of eight is never nice, six out of seven now in the league, so fine.

“I should not be talking to you about a defeat I should be talking to you about at least a point, and that is where the disappointing element is for me, but what you have to do is you have to continue believing and you have to continue working.

“I thought the supporters were excellent today at backing the team. They stayed with them and that is what they are going to need.”

So who should replace Matt Taylor?

BetVictor – 10am
Paul Hurst – 1/4
Michael Duff – 4/1
Mathew Sadler – 8/1
Gareth Ainsworth – 12/1
Nigel Pearson – 20/1
Michael Flynn – 20/1
Mark Bonner – 20/1
Lee Johnson – 20/1
Alan Sheehan – 20/1

@AnalysisShrews writes: “Had a very quick look at other OOC names (aside from PH) which may be interested in the job:

– Mark Hudson
– Dean Holden
– Ben Garner
– Michael Duff
– Mark Bonner
– Gareth Ainsworth
– Carl Robinson


Meanwhile, Stephen Dimmock via Patreon said that the potential candidates could be the likes of Michael Duff, Gareth Ainsworth, Paul Hurst, Phil Parkinson and Dino Maamria.

This is how fans reacted amid favourites to become new Shrewsbury Town manager as the club sacks head coach Matt Taylor…

@ShrewsburyJohn1: Correct decision for the club, genuinely sorry for Matt – a clearly genuine guy but just not capable at this level. I hope he gets a position soon that works for him

@ant_d_thomas: Lovely guy, wished it had worked, but the right decision.

@Tlaight11: Paul hurst barmy army

@Abi_ctfc: Grass isn’t always greener is it Bignot 😂

@albanheiron: Nice bloke but that doesn’t win football matches. Wish him luck in the future but absolutely right decision. Now next appointment has to be spot on to get us away from relegation

@mozzerstfc: Read the statement several times, but I didn’t see any reference to Moore going as well. Taylor was only half of the problem, who will want to come here and work under him?

@Luke_G2001: Nice guy, wish him well in the future but going to games became a chore

@dirksfadeaway: Thankfully Bignot gone too. This has been a disaster, and with 10 games left of transfer window we’ve left this bloody late.

@MackemAnalyst: No surprise at all with this. Shrewsbury have been awful all season and Taylor has been saved by some lucky wins. Hopefully Shrews can make a progressive appointment now and start to look up the table rather than over their shoulders #Salop

@theshrew88: I have nothing against Paul Hurst coming back I just don’t think it will work out for him like it did before but I hope I am wrong #salop

@DanielJFrancis: Correct decision. Roland next, please. It’s time for a completely fresh start.

@Williamsss7: Taylor seemed like a very good bloke absolutely hung out to dry by his bosses. A Hurst / Moore relationship could be one hell of a ride… but the steady hands are needed. PHBA. #salop

@Tubes33613874: Duff is the standout on that list. Bonner & Ainsworth did brilliantly but at 1 club (can they replicate it elsewhere?). Holden had a number of short stints at clubs which is a worry. Garner is interesting. A possession based coach. Great at Swindon despite embargo. Struggled since

@Alexjm05: Ahaha Ainsworth definitely isn’t the worst shout in the world but there’s a lot of fans that wouldn’t want him 😂 #Salop

@kitcub: Hurst, Holden, Duff would be sensible and affordable imo. Garner a left field option I wouldn’t be angry about.


Correct decision. Finally 🙏
Moore needs to follow too

Cheap rarely works..
Get rid of MM..
We need a decent manager or else

@Dan_Baker4: Seems a tidy bloke who joined during a period of huge change and uncertainty. Wish him well but I think it’s the right time.

@jimev212: Who’d have thought appointing a manager with a 25% win rate would go wrong eh? Not holding my breath for a better choice this time. New leadership needed #salop

@StavvyDamson: I’ve always been a fan of Garrard at Borehamwood but for some reason they are really struggling this season. Andy Woodman is doing a brilliant job at Bromley with them 2nd in the league.

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