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Former Gladiator Matt Taylor new manager of Exeter City

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Former Matlock Town goalkeeper Matt Taylor has landed his first job as a football manager — at League Two Exeter City.

Taylor, 45, a former Exeter player, had been coaching the Grecians under-23 side when he was given the role after the departure of Paul Tisdale on Friday.

When at Matlock, Taylor was a goalkeeper, but later in his career he converted to a central defender.

He joined the Gladiators in September 2003 after starring for Burscough in their FA Trophy final win over Tamworth — a match televised on Sky that also featured his brother, Joe.

Taylor was brought to Matlock by then manager Ernie Moss and kept a clean sheet on his debut, a 4–0 victory at Ossett Town.

His signing coincided with the club going on a run that took them to the top of the Northern Premier League Premier Division table before eventually finishing runners-up.

He left at the end of the season when Moss went to Hucknall Town and returned to sign the keeper.

Taylor became a defender in 2006 while playing university football and went on to have a long career in the Football League, notably at Exeter and Charlton.

He made a total of 244 Football League appearances, scoring 19 goals.