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Trust Statement: Matt Taylor

Manager joins Championship side Rotherham United

Exeter City Football Club and the Supporters' Trust are now in a position to confirm that manager Matt Taylor has left the club for Rotherham United.

Following negotiations with Rotherham, an agreement has been reached on a suitable compensation sum. Saturday’s match against Bristol Rovers was Matt’s last match as manager of Exeter City.

Under 18s coach Kevin Nicholson and first team coach and lead professional development phase (PDP) coach Jon Hill will be taking over the first team in the interim period, while the club board begins the recruitment process for a new manager. The position will be advertised externally.

The club would like to put on record its sincere thanks to Matt who has been a committed and outstanding manager for Exeter City.

In a joint statement, President of Exeter City Football Club, Julian Tagg and Nick Hawker, chair of Exeter City Supporters’ Trust, said:

“Everybody at Exeter City is disappointed to lose Matt. He has been a fantastic manager for the club and will of course be rightfully recognised for taking the team to League One for the first time in 10 years.

“Coming through the club firstly as a player, our under 23s manager, and, ultimately our manager, he has understood the importance of our ownership model. Our fans will be disappointed to lose Matt, but we are sure they will join us in thanking Matt for his commitment to the club and wish him every success for the future.”

They added:

“During his tenure as manager Matt has built a competitive League One side and we are optimistic that these foundations will stand us in good stead as we recruit a new manager and continue our League One campaign.”

Matt joined Exeter City as a player in 2006 and made 160 appearances for the club between then and 2011. He returned to Exeter in the autumn of 2016 as a defensive coach, and following this as under-23s manager, leading City to a successful Under-23 Premier League Cup campaign. He was appointed manager in 2018 and last week’s victory over Forest Green Rovers was his 100th win as manager of Exeter City.

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